You count your change before you leave the store. You
check the receipt to make sure it is right. Does that mean you think
you are dealing with crooks? No, it just means you have common sense.
The same applies to Medicare claims. Asking beneficiaries to check
their statements to make sure taxpayers are billed correctly is only
We process about a billion claims each year. Asking the people
who actually get the health care to check the receipt is simply good
program management. And random review of claims is an essential tool
for getting a fair and accurate assessment of the big picture.
DeParle N. Common Sense About Claims. JAMA. 1999;281(23):2176. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2176