Medicare Advantage overpayments top $70B


As Medicare Advantage plans rack up costs across the country, many states are facing federal investigations due to overbilling, according to the Center for Public Integrity. For example, in Rochester, New York, a Medicare plan was paid $41 million to treat people with serious diseases, even though the plan did not prove that patients had such diseases. The CPI found that from 2008 to 2013, improper payments to Medicare Advantage plans topped nearly $70 billion. What's more, billions of tax dollars are inappropriately spent each year because of Medicare Advantage billing errors linked to a risk score. Government officials continually struggle to eliminate high risk scores for patients. Article