Rural Health Clinics Could Have Received $132M in Improper Payments in 2012, Report Finds
CMS' failure to enforce a 16-year-old rule has resulted in hundreds of rural health clinics being overpaid by millions of dollars, according to a report by the HHS Office of Inspector General. Specifically, the report found that of 3,521 rural health clinics, 434 -- or 12% -- did not meet one or both of the qualifications to be certified for enhanced reimbursements. In 2012, those clinics received about $132 million.
- "Rural Health Clinics Could Be Getting Overpaid, Report Cautions" (Dickson, Modern Healthcare, 9/15).