Medicaid Must Update Improper Payment Estimates, GAO Says

Law360, New York (May 1, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT) -- The federal Medicaid agency has made progress in accurately measuring the rate of improper payments, but needs to take steps to make sure it is using the most up-to-date data possible, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Wednesday.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates the level of improper payments — 8.1 percent, or $21.9 billion in 2011 — by breaking the states into three groups. Each year, CMS uses new state-level data from the states in one group, and older data...
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