Lack of method to track costs of recalled defective devices

Auditors have concluded recently that there is a lack of a method to properly track the costs of recalled defective medical devices. Medicare has already spent billions of dollars on recalled devices, which has led to a "significant cause for concern." Despite this concern, the government lacks a method to track the costs.

A report was released earlier in the month of October by the office of the inspector general from the Department of Health and Human Services. The report came to the conclusion that the claim forms with Medicare do not have pertinent information that would permit the government to track the spending on defective or recalled medical devices.

According to the report from the auditors, the forms are missing a string of letters and numbers that help to identify the device by its lot number, make and model. This is very similar to the vehicle identification number (VIN) of a vehicle.

Back in 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it wanted to come up with a better way to track the devices involved in claims and how much money was being spent on those claims. The agency has once again reiterated its stance on this effort in 2017.

A proposal has been put forth that would include a portion of the device's identifier on claim forms. The earliest this information could start being collected is 2021.

Patients who suffer injuries from defective medical devices may find an experienced Nashville products liability attorney full of information on what to do to recover compensation for their injuries.

Source: StarTribune, "Tracking costs from recalled medical devices," Oct. 03, 2017

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