HCFA says it's notifying some physicians that they risk big fines and could be kicked out of the Medicare program for frequent overcharges of beneficiaries.
HCFA chief counsel Darrel Grinstead recently sent letters to doctors giving them 30 days to respond to HCFA's conclusions that they have histories of charging beneficiaries greater copayments than the law allows.
Unless the physicians can demonstrate that those conclusions are wrong, they must explain to HCFA how they are going to avoid such overcharges and provide the Medicare program with evidence that they have refunded some of the money.
HCFA records show that the doctors have ignored notices of overcharges and did not refund overcharges to patients. HCFA said some physicians have overcharged beneficiaries hundreds of times since 1992 and owe thousands of dollars.