Medicare Part D sponsors, as well as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), pharmacies, and doctors, may commit fraud involving Medicare prescription drug plans in many ways.
The Part D plans - which are operated under contract with private insurance companies to provide Medicare prescription drug coverage - are susceptible to fraud that is difficult for regulators to uncover without the help of whistleblowers. Some Medicare Part D fraud examples can be found below.
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Some of the more common Medicare fraud schemes by Part D sponsors, PBMs, pharmacies and doctors involving Medicare prescription drug plans are:
- Part D sponsors misrepresenting their benefit offerings when submitting bids to CMS for Part D contracts. Part D sponsors must submit bids on an annual basis in order to enter into or renew a Part D contract.
- Part D sponsors submitting false risk adjustment data to CMS in order to claim larger payments from CMS.
- PBMs, which process prescription drug event (PDE) records on behalf of Part D sponsors, submitting inaccurate PDE records to CMS that result in overpayments to Part D sponsors.
- Pharmacies charging more than their "usual and customary price" for prescription drugs when billing Medicare prescription drug plans.
- Pharmacies filling prescriptions written by providers that have been excluded from Medicare or filling prescriptions from doctors that don't exist.
- Pharmacies improperly billing for brand name drugs when prescriptions are actually filled with generic drugs, billing for expired prescription drugs, dispensing drugs to beneficiaries without a prescription, or filling a prescription written by a provider without the power to prescribe, such as a massage therapist or acupuncturist.
- Doctors accepting kickbacks and bribes in exchange for prescribing drugs. Drug manufacturers' rebates also have been used to bribe doctors into writing prescriptions.
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