Medicare overpaying millions on ‘erection pumps’

Jan 13, 2014
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Vacuum devices found much cheaper online — Are taxpayers getting the shaft?

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration's malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration’s malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A government report released Monday states that Medicare is paying out-sized amounts for male vacuum erection pumps compared to non-Medicare payers.

The report by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services stated that Medicare — the federal government health insurance system for senior citizens — paid close to 474,000 claims for vacuum erection systems (VES), totaling roughly $172.4 million from 2006 to 2011. Moreover, to found that Medicare payments for the devices remain “grossly excessive,” or more than twice as much as the Department of Veterans Affairs and consumers on the Internet pay.

Annual claims for the devices — each of which costs the government about $360 — nearly doubled from $20.6 million in 2006 to $38.6 million in 2011, the report said.

Penis pumps are among the few viable treatment courses for erectile dysfunction, or ED, a condition that affects as many as 30 million American men, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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@JOJOuslove
6 years ago

RT @mrwhiteacre: Medicare overpaying millions on ‘erection pumps’ http://t.co/UuWi8fzTJd via @trpwl and @CindiSpiegler

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