New Report on Improper Medicare Payments
Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a comment today about the just-released November 2005 Report
on Improper Medicare Fee-for-Service Payments. The report shows the improper rate has been cut
in half, reducing improper payments by $9.5 billion. As chairman of the Committee on Finance, Sen.
Grassley is responsible for Medicare legislation and oversight. He has put continued pressure on
Medicare program administrators to reduce improper payments. His statement follows here.
"It's remarkable that better management of the Medicare program has achieved the same
level of savings in just one year as the Senate did in a five-year budget bill passed just last week.
Congressional oversight plus a commitment to addressing the problem from Administrator
McClellan are having a very positive effect. Taxpayers and beneficiaries deserve continued efforts
by Medicare officials to reduce improper payments. Every dollar not wasted is another dollar for