Improper Medicare Payments Down in FY 2019

The amount of improper Medicare payments made by the federal government fell $7 billion in federal fiscal year 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports. FY 2019 marked the third consecutive year that improper fee-for-service payments have fallen.  In FY 2018, improper payments accounted for 8.12 percent of Medicare fee-for-service spending but in FY 2019 that portion fell to 7.25 percent.  In FY 2019, CMS estimates that it made $28.9 billion in improper fee-for-service payments. $5.32 billion of the $7 billion reduction came through corrective actions in Medicare home health payments.  Other Medicare Part B services accounted for [...]