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Medicare fraud: bogus clinics in barns

by Eileen Norcross on December 21, 2011

in Federalism, Health policy, Safety Nets

Each year the Medicare program loses millions of dollars to fraud. Applicants simply set up fake clinics using stolen medical IDs and real addresses in barns, UPS stores and abandoned apartments. It’s called the drop box scheme and apparently it’s hard to catch every bogus clinic operator given the ease of presenting what looks like a legitimate medical clinic on paper. Reuters tracks down the scheme. But it’s just one of several the program has to contend with. Other kinds of fraud documented by GAO include “rent-a-patient” and “pill mills.”

 

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