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Medicare's doctor records riddled with errors

from American Medical News

Wrong addresses, telephone numbers and licensing information for physicians have been found throughout the enrollment systems that Medicare uses to approve pay for beneficiary services, according to federal auditors. An estimated 58 percent of enrollment records in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System were inaccurate, and 48 percent of records in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System had errors, the Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General stated in a report published May 28. The records also were inconsistent between the two systems, with nearly all records for health professionals in PECOS and NPPES containing mismatched information in 2010. more

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