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Medicare Overpayments

A Medicare overpayment is a payment made to a physician or supplier that exceeds amounts due and payable under Medicare statute and regulations. Once the overpayment is determined, the amount becomes a debt owed by the debtor to the Federal government. Federal law requires CMS to seek the recovery of all identified overpayments. For more information about the Medicare overpayment collection process, please download the Medicare Learning Network® fact sheet titled "The Medicare Overpayment Collection Process".