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OIG: Medicare Paid $1.2 Billion For Drugs With Invalid Prescriber Numbers
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Medicare drug plans and beneficiaries paid pharmacies $1.2 billion in 2007 for more than 18 million prescriptions that contained 527,749 invalid prescriber numbers, indicating the agency lacks adequate procedures to detect fraud.

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Part D plans do not verify that prescriber identifiers” are valid, said the Office of Inspector General said in a report released Tuesday.