Using Medicare Claim Data to Identify Deceased Beneficiaries

Date: 
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Report Number: 
A-08-09-19105
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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Based on the results of our review, we believe SSA can use enhanced Medicare claim data to better identify deceased beneficiaries using less time and fewer resources. We estimate that SSA overpaid 890 deceased beneficiaries about $99 million. Further, we estimate that over the next 12 months, SSA will pay about $9 million in additional overpayments to these deceased beneficiaries.