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Report notes erroneous CT, MRI payments
Modern Healthcare

The CMS should not have paid nearly one-fifth of the 3 million Medicare claims related to interpretation and reports of CT and MRI scans in 2008, according to a claims-sampling report by the HHS inspector general. Those “erroneously allowed” payments cost $29 million and were made in cases lacking either physicians’ orders or other documentation or both.

Likewise, about 14% of 2008 Medicare claims paid for X-ray interpretation and reports—totaling nearly $9 million—lacked the required documentation.