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HHS auditors find possible excess Medicare payments for hospice beneficiaries’ drugs
Modern Healthcare

The Medicare program could be paying multiple times for prescription drugs for hospice beneficiaries, a new federal report suggests. HHS‘ inspector general’s office conducted a nationwide review of prescription drugs for hospice beneficiaries between January and December 2009 and found that Medicare Part D paid for a variety of prescription medications—including analgesic, anti-nausea, laxative and anti-anxiety drugs and drugs to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—that should have been covered under the per diem payments made to hospice organizations under Medicare Part A.