Medicare Likely Pays Twice for Hospice Drugs, Audit Says

Law360, New York (July 3, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT) -- A government watchdog said Tuesday that Medicare could be paying twice for prescription drugs for hospice patients, claiming that Medicare's prescription drug plan paid nearly $34 million for such drugs in 2009 that should have been covered under traditional Medicare insurance.

The prescription drug plan, known as Medicare Part D, paid for prescription analgesic, anti-nausea, laxative and anti-anxiety drugs, as well as prescription drugs used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — drugs that likely should have been covered under per diem...
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