950,000+ healthcare providers have collectively received more than 89 billion dollars in Medicare payments in 2013, according to valuable information released by the government on Monday.
This includes 17 billion dollars for administered drugs and 72 billion dollars for medical services.
The doctor who received the maximum out of Medicare was Anne Greist, the one who co-founded the Indiana Haemophilia and Thrombrosis Center in 1998. Greist has gotten more than 28 million dollas, but 27.9 of them were simply transferred to her by pharmaceutical companies for expensive drugs.
Greist is also co-medical director and adult hematologist at the center, which is at the St. Vincent Hospital campus in Indianapolis.
Greist and the center did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The recipient ranking second is facing his own legal problems. In January, the Justice Department joined whistleblower lawsuits that alleged physician Asad Qamar of Ocala, Fla., and his Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence did unnecessary and excessive procedures on Medicare patients. He got more than 16 million dollars in 2013, only a small amount of which was for drugs.
One of the lawsuits alleges Qamar got patients to undergo the procedures by waiving the 20% Medicare co-payment, with no regard for the patients’ financial need.
Qamar did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment, but did address the allegations in a video he posted on YouTube.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the data for the second year on medical services provided by doctors and how much were they paid through Medicare, the government health insurance program for the elderly and disabled.