An easy way to eliminate the crooks
Since CMS has done such a lousy job of identifying fraudulent providers, here’s a low-tech way that should keep a sizable percentage of the bad guys from getting provider numbers.
First, CMS makes a bunch of postcards that have questions to be answered regarding the physical facility: Is this address a) a residence b)a strip mall c)an office buildingan d) other? (this is where you would put “airport runway” or “Wrigley Field”). Then you ask questions to determine whether or not a viable business exists there.
Then, you send the postcard to the USPS letter carrier for that address for completion. You pay the Postal Service ten bucks for each one returned (they’ll be grateful for the additional revenue) and you’ve completed a preliminary site inspection for under $20.