Saturday, August 1, 2015

Phantom Medical Schools Cited by More than 6,000 Doctors in Database

Sydney Lupkin reports for MedPage Today on July 30,2015 in "Phantom Med Schools Lurking in Medicare Data," that over 6,000 physicians in the Medicare database for reimbursements cite institutions that closed between 1864-1939.  Lupkin notes that anyone who really graduated from these school would likely have retired or died by now.  While it appears from the reporting that sloppy data entry may explain some of the errors, it is none the less a reminder that those involved in searches to fill vacancies or office of human resources need to slow down and actually verify that institutions claimed on resumes were open at the time of reported graduation.