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$543M in illegitimate Medicare claims uncollected by CMS, report says
Modern Healthcare

A new report says the federal government in 2010 identified more than half a billion dollars in illegitimate Medicare claims that it never collected.

That year, the most recent year for which data are available, the CMS classified $543 million as “currently not collectible” (CNC) debt, which includes Medicare overpayments made to bankrupt, hard-to-find and out-of-business providers, according to a report out today from HHS‘ inspector general’s Office of Evaluation and Inspections. CMS officials say these are some of the most difficult types of overpayments to collect.