Sleep Disorder Fraud: With the uptick in sleep disorder services and government spending comes the discovery of schemes and scams.
Increasing numbers of troubled sleepers are seeking diagnosis and treatment of chronic sleep disorders that affect more than fifty million Americans. The significant growth in sleep medicine over recent years brings increasing opportunities for the unscrupulous to engage in fraudulent services and billing of federal and state heath care programs that reimburse for related services. Medicare spending on polysomnography services is extremely high: $407 million in 2005, increasing to $565 million in 2011. The opportunities for deception and false claims in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders are seemingly limited only by the creativity of fraudsters. Click here for the full article.