No rest for the wicked? Sleep doctors targeted over Medicare rorts

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Sleep doctors have been put on notice over Medicare rorts, after two specialists admitted misclaiming more than $3 million in rebates.

The Department of Health has written to the 79 highest billing sleep and respiratory specialists asking them to justify their use of laboratory sleep studies and complex lung function tests.

There have been widespread concerns that in some sleep study facilities, doctors have been authorising studies remotely and after the fact, without basing them on objective clinical assessment or a face-to-face consultation