Senate panel accuses home-health industry of bilking Medicare


"The gaming of Medicare represents serious abuse of the home health program," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBiden nominates Nicholas Burns as ambassador to China Cryptocurrency industry lobbies Washington for 'regulatory clarity' Bottom line MORE (D-Mont.) said in a statement. "Elderly patients in the Medicare system should not be used as pawns to increase a company's profits. Especially in these tough economic times, taxpayers simply cannot afford for their dollars to be wasted on unnecessary care."

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation Woman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing MORE (R-Iowa) aimed most of his outrage at the fee-for-service Medicare payment system that encourages companies to focus on quantity rather than quality of care.

"The reimbursement policy encourages gaming, and gaming is what's occurred," he said. "Companies are doing everything they can to make as much money as possible, whether the patients need the care or not. The federal government needs to fix the policy that lets Medicare money flow down the drain."