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[*] Post 464545 posted on 6-10-2012 at 12:46 Reply With Quote
Medicare fraud

Ninety-one people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were charged criminally after an investigation of Medicare fraud that involved $430 million in false billing in seven cities, officials said on Thursday.
It was the government’s second big raid in recent months after a similar investigation in May involving $452 million in possible fraud in Medicare, the health program for the elderly and disabled.

The accusations include billing the government for unnecessary ambulance rides in California, writing prescriptions for patients in Dallas who did not qualify for them and paying kickbacks like food and cigarettes to patients in Houston if they attended programs for which a hospital could bill.

The investigation is part of an effort by the Obama administration to find health care savings.


Arrests were made in Houston, Dallas, Brooklyn, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. The largest crackdown occurred in South Florida where 33 people were rounded up and charged in connection with health care fraud cases totaling more than $230 million. In Texas, the president of Riverside General Hospital in Houston and his son were also charged.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius added that new provisions in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act made it more difficult for fraud to be committed.

This fraud sweep is the latest in a series of raids conducted since 2007 by the strike force. Over the past five years 1,480 suspects have been arrested in Medicare fraud cases totaling $4.8 billion dollars.


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[*] Post 464547 posted on 6-10-2012 at 12:54 Reply With Quote


The investigation is part of an effort by the Obama administration to find health care savings.

It's good to see the President is taking this matter seriously, well done Obama.
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[*] Post 464576 posted on 7-10-2012 at 00:55 Reply With Quote

President Obama's revision of the health care financing laws included streamling the process by which claims for government payment would be submitted (electronically, now). This was supposed to save money by saving time with paperwork.

Costs to the government have skyrocketed, as more claims are being submitted for payment. It used to take a little more trouble to submit a claim--now, it's like shooting off an e-mail.

I am glad whenever Medicare fraud is uncovered and stopped. There is a lot more yet to be done in this respect, but this is a significant catch. Well done, Obama administration.waveysmiley
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