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Medicare’s been asleep at the wheel

For the first time since Medicare was enacted in 1965, a president has decided that it was time to go after fraudulent Medicare claims which by some estimates approaches $60 billion a year (one half of Medicare costs)! A common example of fraud is purposely billing Medicare for services that were never provided or received. Since […]

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Save Medicare By Throwing The Thieves In Jail

Everyone in Washington is talking about how to cut Medicare costs. Most of the conversation centers around cost-shifting to wealthier beneficiaries. What needs to be talked about is how to reduce healthcare costs, not redistribution. Medicare is fraught with fraud. It is estimated that about $100 billion of Medicare’s $500 billion price tag is due […]

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Profits Over Patients-The Big Pharma Rule of Thumb

Despite everything we know about the life threatening dangers anti-psychotic medications on the elderly, these medications continue to be abused in the nursing home setting. As reported today in the New York Times nearly one in seven elderly nursing home residents, nearly all of them with dementia, are given powerful atypical anti-psychotic drugs even though […]

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Open the Medicare Data Base

As reported in the Wall Street Journal (The Journal) on Friday, two senators have introduced legislation to overturn a 1979 court injunction that bars the government from revealing what individual physicians earn from Medicare.  The Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act, or DATA Act, was introduced Thursday by Sens. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and […]

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Feds Arrest 111 in Large Medicare Fraud Bust

Last week, federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud worth $225 million, part of a massive nationwide bust that snared more suspects than any other in history. Thursday’s indictments were for suspects in Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Brooklyn, Tampa, Fla., and Baton […]

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