The United States Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Inspector General states the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) overpaid claims by $502 million from 2011 through 2014. The error was allegedly due to a malfunction in the outlier payment review process.
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The Office of Inspector General recently issued a report card for the Department of Health and Human Services. It said that while HHS met many of the requirements in a 2002 law to curb improper payments, it did not fully comply for fiscal 2016. The Inspector General urges HHS to renew its focus on feasible ways to drive the rate of improper payments below 10 percent.
As a medical professional, a time may come when you receive a Medicare overpayment, which is a payment you receive that exceeds the amounts allowed under current Medicare rules and regulations. Once you receive a Medicare overpayment, it becomes your responsibility to return the excess amount to the federal government, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services track those who receive overpayments to ensure they repay their debts.