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Medicare Overpaid Physicians $6.7B For Miscoded Claims
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Suggesting physician upcoding practices on a major scale, an Office of Inspector General report Thursday said Medicare overpaid physicians $6.7 billion in 2010.

The overpayments were claims reimbursements for evaluation and management (E/M) services submitted with frequently exaggerated severity codes, the report said. After examining medical records for a large sample of those claims, the OIG found that 26% of the claims were upcoded to reflect a higher level of severity than what was justified by the patient’s record, amounting to $4.6 billion in overpayments.

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