Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Amazingly enough, illegal sales of such items as wheelchairs and medications was found to have scammed the government for over $93 million last year based on prescriptions from dead doctors. A congressional investigation states that more of this will occur as the government still hasn't fixed some flaws in the system since 2001. The article states that 7% of all deceased doctors and 27% of the dead ones in Florida still had active Medicare ID codes. The CMS isn't denying any of this but one of their responses to the problem was to strengthen federal regulation involving documentation Medicare providers must keep. When in doubt, always increase paper work, I always say. While they are at it why don't they start arresting the dead doctors? That would be a great COPS show as CMS swarms onto some graveyards to get them some villains. By the way, when they calculate the number of dead doctors do you think they count the ones who are physically alive but dead inside? Just curious.
Posted by Authentic Medicine Blog at 9:19 AM