Medicare Overpays $6.7 Billion for Patient Evaluation Services

Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much in 2010 by “inappropriately” paying claims from physicians who had submitted the wrong billing codes or no documentation at all for certain services, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Although that amount was a small fraction of Medicare’s total spending of more than $525 billion in 2010, it still added up to 21 percent of what Medicare paid for all “evaluation …

Phone Cramming – The Scamming Epidemic Sweeping Illinois

Good morning everyone – Jenn here from the communications team.  Wanted to give you all a heads up on a really shady practice going on in Illinois (and other states) called phone cramming. What is phone cramming you ask?  No it’s not when you threaten to do something unmentionable with your teenager’s phone if you see them texting one more time under the dinner table… Ever received a call to renew your free online yellow pages listing for a listing …