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Will There Be More Scrutiny on Physicians With Large Medicare Payments?

Written by Laura Miller | December 30, 2013

A study released by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services released a study earlier this month that looked at physicians that received more than $3 million from Medicare in 2009, according to a Medscape report.

Of the 303 physicians examined, 34 percent were flagged for improper Medicare payment during later reviews. The total amount spent on these 303 physicians in 2009 represented 2 percent of the total amount Medicare spent on clinical services that year.

According to the report, the review demonstrated that identifying physicians who receive a high amount from Medicare could reveal and recover improper payments. The three medical specialties that accounted for 78 percent of the physicians examined were internal medicine, radiation oncology and ophthalmology.

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