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Medicare improper payment level at an all-time low

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, February 1, 2008

As part of its goal to reduce improper payments for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries, CMS has embarked on numerous initiatives through contracted carriers, fiscal intermediaries (FI), durable medical equipment regional carriers, and quality improvement organizations (QIO) to identify improper payments. On November 16, 2007, CMS released a report in which it announced it had successfully achieved its goal of reducing the Medicare improper payment rate to 3.9%, which is the lowest it has been since CMS established the claims payment error-rate measurement protocols in 1996.

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