2. In the State: Ohio Ranked 11th for Medicare Overbilling In 2015, Ohio had one of the highest rates of Medicare overbilling (13.7 percent), with healthcare providers overcharging the federal government by an estimated $1.8 billion. Nationwide, an estimated $43.4 Billion was improperly paid to healthcare providers last year. That comprises a large percentage of the $60 billion of taxpayers' dollars (more than 10 percent of the total budget for Medicare) that were lost through waste, fraud, and abuse, according to the Government Accountability Office.
3. In the Region: Cleveland Struggles to Sort Through Backlog of 3,000 Lead-Poisoning Cases Until recently, the City of Cleveland had one employee working as a public health lead investigator; she resigned April 15. The City has a contract with one other person, who is currently prioritizing the children who are the sickest, and is working on contracts with Cuyahoga County and area non-profits to help them address the most serious lead-poisoning cases first until more full-time employees can be hired. Additionally, the City has hired six temporary workers to sort through boxes of lead-poisoning investigation documents that were placed into a City health department storage room.
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