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Prosecuting Medical Fraud

I’ve been blogging a lot about overtreatment of patients with unnecessary tests that costs billions of dollars each year and countless numbers of lives lost. Just last week, I reported that as many as 50% of the 600,000 angioplasties performed last year were questionable or unnecessary! Well, finally it seems that the government is cracking […]

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What Primary Care Docs Shouldn’t Be Doing

The National Physicians Alliance, an organization composed of 22,000 physicians, compiled a list of the top 5 don’ts for primary care that was reported in Tuesday’s NY Times . That’s right- Five procedures you’re better of not having done. The Alliance’s aim is to increase the quality of primary care, while being good stewards of […]

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Unwarranted Medical Tests Are Wasting Money and Costing Lives!

The Los Angeles Times reported, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Diego, “Imaging tests such as MRIs and X-rays frequently are performed so that doctors can protect themselves from lawsuits”. A review of “2,068 orthopedic patients” showed that “19% of the tests were ordered for ‘defensive’ […]

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss In Healthcare

Here we go again! You’ve probably noticed I’ve been posting a lot about fraud in healthcare because it appears to be so prevalent. Well, I consider overtreatment to be a form of fraud, especially, when published practice guidelines are not followed. In today’s NY Times there is a report that more than 25,000 defibrillators-22.5% of the total- that were implanted into […]

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It’s Time Medicare Clamps Down on Fraud

With access to the Medicare claims database to track Medicare expenditures, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported, yesterday, as part of their Secrets of the System series on Medicare expenditures,  that the Norton hospital in Louisville, KY performed the third-most spinal fusions on Medicare patients in the country! The story was prompted by whistle blowers from Medronix, the manufacturer for hardware used […]

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