Boren calls for probe of Medicare auditors
BY RANDY ELLIS NewsOK.com
Sunday, August 19, 2012
8/19/12 at 5:12 AM
Accusing auditors of using overzealous and predatory tactics that are threatening rural hospitals with financial ruin, Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren is calling for a federal investigation of Atlanta-based Connolly Inc. and other companies that audit hospitals for overbilling of Medicare services.
"While I fully support the need to protect taxpayer money and prevent wasteful government spending, I disagree with the extreme practices under which Connolly Inc. operates and the exorbitant fees it is permitted to collect," Boren said. "Connolly Inc. has engaged in what can only be described as overzealous predatory tactics against several of my constituent hospitals with their aggressive, overly critical approach."
Connolly Inc. officials did not respond to telephone and email requests for comment.
Mark Rogers, chief executive officer of Pushmataha County Hospital in Antlers, said rural hospitals in Oklahoma and elsewhere will start failing and falling like dominoes in 12 to 18 months if something isn't done to bring extreme auditing practices under control.
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Rep. Dan Boren: He has joined with two other congressmen to ask for a federal investigation of the audit practices of companies looking for Medicare fraud