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Senate committee offers ways to address Medicare payment recovery
Sacramento Business Journal

The U.S. Special Committee on Aging has weighed in on the issue of federal audits of improper Medicare payments with recommendations to boost provider education and change the way auditors are paid.

A report released last week does not address a by product of the beleaguered audit system: A practice by hospitals that puts patients on lengthy “observation status” while they figure out whether to admit them to the hospital or not.

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