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Postal Service's security criticized

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 4, 2002

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Postal Service deposits totaling $65-billion a year are vulnerable to theft, robbery and mishandling because of inadequate security and failure to follow procedures, according to a report to Congress on Tuesday.

About $6.3-million was at least temporarily lost in the 2001 fiscal year, although much of it was recovered, the General Accounting Office said.

Hospital billing abuse targeted

The government is cracking down on abusive billing practices by hospitals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday. The new initiative deals with federal "outlier" payments, with which the government reimburses hospitals for expenses above what Medicare pays for certain conditions. Hospitals receiving much revenue through "outlier" payments will now be more likely to have their charges reviewed and audited.

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