How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "AMA":

"… e HHS inspector general’s office. “They don’t see it as a crime.” AMA president Jeremy A. Lazarus agreed that doctors have shifted toward billin …"

"… of an unusual and secretive arrangement between Medicare officials and the AMA, the nation’s most influential doctors’ group. The AMA wanted Medicar …"

"… icials and the AMA, the nation’s most influential doctors’ group. The AMA wanted Medicare to reward doctors for the “thinking part” of medicine, …"

"… groups before making any changes, a legacy of the decision to allow the AMA to develop the codes. Medical groups have since been able to block any ref …"