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Capitol Health Call
June 9, 2004

Wheelchair Fraud

JAMA. 2004;291(22):2691. doi:10.1001/jama.291.22.2691-a

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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