SPOTLIGHT: Unnamed doc reaped millions from Medicare in 2008

A New York City family practice physician received $2 million from the Medicare program in 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal, but the newspaper cannot disclose her name. The doctor, an osteopath by training, did not perform typical primary care. Instead, she performed sleep analyses, nerve conduction probes and other procedures that have been flagged by Medicare officials as potential signs of fraud. Although the newspaper discovered the doctor through analysis using the taxpayer-funded Medicare claims database, it is prohibited by federal law from disclosing the names of individual doctors, even if their practice patterns are aberrant. Read the full article in FierceHealthcare

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