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News and briefs: Teaching hospitals receive $2 million in Medicare overpayments

Residency Program Insider, January 31, 2012

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Fifty teaching hospitals in Mid-Atlantic states such as Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland received $1.9 million in Medicare overpayments during FY2006 and FY2007, according to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

As reported by Becker’s Hospital Review, multiple hospitals mistakenly claimed the same resident in these cases, leading to extra payments. Highmark, a CMS contractor for the Mid-Atlantic district where the discrepancies occurred, states in a letter in the report it will review the Intern and Resident Information System program, even if there is no federal mandate in place requiring such action.

In the report, OIG recommends Highmark recover the money and consider developing procedures to make sure the double counting of residents ends.

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