At a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen Charles Grassley (R,
Iowa) took the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to task for
allowing tens of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims for motorized wheelchairs.
In his testimony, CMS administrator Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, said that
spending on the devices has climbed to $1.2 billion per year. Despite the
costs, though, McClellan said some beneficiaries who need the wheelchairs
are not getting them.
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