Medicare fraud plan working
April 18, 2012
Medicare fraud is being battled by a yearlong experiment with competitive bidding for wheelchairs, diabetic supplies and personal medical equipment, and the results appear to show significant savings of taxpayer dollars. [San Francisco Chronicle]
According to government officials, the effort already has saved more than $200 million for Medicare, and the nine-city experimental plan will now be expanded. Riverside was the only California city participating in the program.
The medical supply industry reacted with strong protests, threatening a shortage of equipment for patients and claiming an economic hardship for small suppliers.
Few patient complaints have been received regarding the new program.
In ten years, according to a government study, the plan can save more than $26 billion by eliminating one of the more wasteful features of Medicare — beneficiaries receiving unnecessary and excessive supplies and equipment.