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CMS paid over $3 million for deceased Medicare enrollees’ prescriptions
Modern Healthcare

The CMS paid more than $3 million for prescriptions filled in the names of dead Medicare enrollees between 2005 and 2007, and an audit (PDF) from HHS‘ inspector general’s office says the agency has not recouped the money. The CMS is supposed to cut off all reimbursements in the same month that a Medicare Part D enrollee dies, and the agency did so for the vast majority of the 2.7 million enrollees who passed away between July 2005 and July 2007, the audit found. The CMS even retroactively recouped payments on behalf of another 2,222 beneficiaries in cases where it discovered that reimbursements were made more than a month after the deaths.