Companies Accused of Making Patients Appear Sicker


There is a broad government crackdown on abusive billing practices in Medicare Advantage, the privatized insurance option that by next year is expected to cover more than half of all Medicare beneficiaries. The Justice Department is pursuing civil lawsuits against multiple companies that participate in the privatized system, from huge insurers to prestigious nonprofit hospital systems, alleging they have cheated the system for unfair profit. Some critics contend that a byproduct of these practices is that patients’ medical records, padded with false diagnoses, are inaccurate. Read a story from The Washington Post.



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