4sight Health November 24, 2021
David Burda

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, or for the purposes of this blog post, about 600.

The picture in question really is a combination bar chart and line graph that appears on the second page of CMS’ Nov. 15 press release that boasts about how effective the agency has been in reducing improper Medicare fee-for-service payments to providers like hospitals and doctors. You can read the release and see the bar chart/line graph here.   

CMS said its aggressive payment integrity programs have reduced improper payments to providers by nearly $21 billion over the past seven years and that the agency’s improper payment rate hit a “historic low” of 6.26 percent in 2021. CMS defines improper payments as...

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