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Nationwide Crackdown Announced On Fraudulent Medicare Billing By Equipment Suppliers

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Fraudulent Medicare Billing

Federal officials on Tuesday areexpected to announce a nationwide effort to combat fraudulentMedicare billing by medical equipment suppliers, the LosAngeles Times reports. CMSlast year began requiring suppliers to renew their applications tothe program every three years and to submit to more frequentinspections. Previously, suppliers usually were screened andinspected only once, when they applied to participate in Medicare.However, many suppliers continued to pose as legitimate businesseswhile billing Medicare for products that were never needed bybeneficiaries or that were never delivered, according to the Times.

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