This Is What You Get When You Turn Over Healthcare to Politicians and Bureaucrats

From MedPageToday:

Medicare provider information in two separate databases was inaccurate most of the time and generally inconsistent between the two, compromising the program’s ability to detect fraud and abuse, a government watchdog found.

Data in at least one field were inaccurate in 48% of inspected records in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) and in 58% of inspected records in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS), according to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

Moreover, provider data were inconsistent between NPPES and PECOS 97% of the time, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) didn’t verify most provider information, the watchdog agency said in a report released Thursday.

Having to deal with these agencies is one of the many reasons doctors don’t own and run their own practices.

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