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Who Pays Hospital Costs for Patients in Police Custody?
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News that Medicare improperly paid about $33 million for healthcare services to thousands of incarcerated patients between 2009 and 2011 should motivate hospital leaders to strengthen or establish relationships with local law enforcement authorities, a healthcare billing and legal expert says.

The Office of Inspector General announced this month that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made Medicare payments totaling $33.6 million to healthcare providers for services to approximately 11,600 incarcerated beneficiaries during calendar years 2009 through 2011.