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Medicare paid $1.5 billion in improper therapy claims in 2009
Los Angeles Times

Medicare paid $1.5 billion in improper claims for skilled nursing care in 2009, federal investigators found.

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that 25% of all Medicare claims submitted by skilled nursing facilities had errors and the majority of those bills were “upcoded” for ultra-high therapy that wasn’t necessary.