$1.1m drop in wrongly claimed Medicare funds since PSR panel sacking

The recently released Professional Services Review Annual Report 2011–12 has also revealed a 46% decrease in requests for cases to be reviewed by the government agency compared to the previous year, attributed to the recent extended period without a panel to investigate cases.

The department of human services sent 30 requests for review to the PSR while repayment orders for 2011–12 totalled $668,459.63 compared to $1,813,894.34 recovered in 2010–11. There were also only 18 reprimands made, compared to 29 in the year prior.

PSR director Dr Bill Coote stated in the report that the outcomes reflected a “challenging year” for the agency, which also saw amendments to the Health Insurance Act, the appointment of a new PSR panel, a senate inquiry into the PSR scheme and a PricewaterhouseCoopers operational review.

“The consequences of the resignation of PSR panel members in late 2010 in response to the Kutlu legal