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Medicare incorrectly dishes out nearly $8 million to hospitals, watchdog finds

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Wrongly coded patient visits caused Medicare to overpay hospitals nearly $8 million, an inspector general's report has found. After sampling 110 random line items from hospitals around the country, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's IG found that only two were correct. Thus, the IG calculated that CMS wrongly paid out $7.5 million to hospitals in 2010 and 2011 for hospital visits. "The...

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