Tuesday, March 08, 2011

PBS: Medicare Fraud Is 'Incredibly Easy,' Congress Hears

"[Medical equipment] fraud is incredibly easy to commit," he said. "The primary skill required to do it successfully is knowledge of basic data entry on a computer."

Medicare has no official estimate of the amount of money lost to fraud each year, but outside estimates put the number in the tens of billions -- a "60 Minutes" estimated about $60 billion in 2009.