OIG Sounds Alarm On Medicare's $565M Sleep Study Bill

Law360, New York (October 9, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT) -- An increasingly popular diagnostic test for sleep disorders is costing Medicare more than a half-billion dollars annually, up sharply from just a few years ago, although evidence of questionable billing is somewhat modest, according to an inspector general’s report Wednesday.

The analysis reviewed reimbursement claims for so-called polysomnography, which can diagnosis sleep apnea and lead to additional payments for positive airway pressure devices used to treat the condition.

The exam, which measures brain waves, airflow and eye movements while a patient dozes, takes place in both...
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