Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleges Medicare Fraud

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July 26  |  Headlines  |   david

According to the New York Times, the suit in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta alleges that DaVita, one of the nation’s largest providers of kidney dialysis, deliberately used larger vials than necessary knowing that Medicare would pay for the unused medicine.  Medicare changed its reimbursement policy in January to bundle the cost of medicine with the cost of providing the treatment.  The New York Times reports that following the change in the law, many practices of DiVita changed to provide more frequent treatment with lower dosages.  If true, such practices would call into question whether treatment decisions for Medicare patients are sometimes motivated more by profit than by patient care.  http://nyti.ms/p7wNuk

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