Patients May Pay for Hospital Overbilling

Patients May Pay for Hospital Overbilling

Former Orlando Health patients may have to help repay the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after a federal audit discovered the hospital overbilled Medicare by $1.45 million, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Orlando Health says it owes much less than that, and called the overbilling errors “honest” mistakes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Orlando Health overbilled for several reasons, including characterizing some outpatients as inpatients, which garners a higher reimbursement from CMS, the Sentinel reports.

In a separate case, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida is putting a stop to a telemarketing scheme where scammers pretended to be calling on behalf of Medicare to get senior citizens to share personal and banking information.

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