In the February 15, 2022 issue of The Medical Republic’s Money & Medicine newsletter, Dr Margaret Faux discusses the common misconception that Medicare bulk-billing for public hospital outpatient services leads to double dipping. Margaret discovers however, on close inspection of the facts and law, there does not appear to be any duplication in payment at the relevant point in time, or if there is, it is unlikely to involve the Medicare billing.
“Only the parties to the NHRA can be held in breach of it, which begs the question – why is the Department of Health coming after doctors, when it appears that it is the state and territory governments who may be the guilty double dippers?”
Dr. Margaret Faux
About the Author:
Dr Margaret Faux is a health system administrator, lawyer and registered nurse with a PhD in Medicare compliance, and is the CEO of AIMAC, which offers courses and explainers on legally correct Medicare billing.