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QUESTIONABLE MEDICARE PAYMENTS
posted at July 25, 2012 1:25 PM EDT
First: February 29, 2008
Last: December 3, 2013
U.S. fraud investigators are looking into questionable Medicare payments for penis pumps, as spending on the devices has skyrocketed 500 percent over the last decade, Scripps Howard News Service reported.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that the taxpayer-funded insurance program spent $36 million on “male vacuum erection systems” last year –- up from $7.2 million in 2000, the news service reported. In 2010, Medicare paid for nearly 98,000 of the devices.