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  • Bangladeshi Immigrant Cheated $132M Out of Medicare, Bought Mansion, Courtside NBA Tickets

    07/19/2017 1:38:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 19,2017 | Carter
    Prosecutors say Mashiyat Rashid, right, spent hundreds of thousands to travel by jet, to buy NBA tickets and to build a $6.8 million house. (Photo: Facebook) The conspiracy was based around bringing in homeless people as patients, sending bogus bills to Medicare, getting drug addicts to subject themselves to unnecessary back injections, and prescribing potent pain medication that would inevitably end up being sold on the streets. Detroit News reports: Detroit — A health care executive cheated Medicare out of $132 million and blew the money on a $7 million Franklin mansion and courtside NBA tickets, and stuffed secret storage...
  • Rule-o-rama spells trouble for hospitals

    07/14/2017 11:23:54 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 13 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 7/14/2017 | Virgil Dickson
    A 1,500 page Medicare payment rule and next year's physician fee pay rule both dropped last week...on the same day as the Senate revealed revisions to its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And none of it was kind to the healthcare industry. The payment change that seemed to most ruffle industry feathers was a proposal to halve what Medicare pays when patients receive services at facilities that are owned by hospitals but located off campus. The Obama administration last year finalized a rule that paid most hospital off-campus facilities the same as hospital-based outpatient departments. In...
  • The Assisted Living Center Congress

    07/17/2017 4:30:45 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 6 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 7.17.2017 | David Blackmon
    This parade of the addled, the lame and the simply ineffective and dim could go on and on, but here’s the point: Congress is in the process of deciding what the nation’s health insurance system – and therefore, the nation’s health delivery system – will look like for coming generations. This is unfortunately a federal intervention into 1/6th of the U.S. economy that the leaders of both political parties agree needs to happen. The Democrats accomplished the initial takeover in 2010 without a single Republican vote, and the Republicans appear to be limping towards making some sort of “reform” to...
  • Just facts [extensive documented stats on healthcare]

    07/14/2017 6:58:36 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 18 replies
    justfacts.com ^ | Just Facts.
    Between 1960 and 2014, healthcare spending in the United States increased: from an average of $146/person per year to $9,532 (by 65 times). from an inflation-adjusted average of $1,172/person per year to $9,544 (by 8 times). from 5.0% of the nation’s economy (gross domestic product) to 17.5% (by 3.5 times).[1] * In 1942, the price for a maternity room at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, NJ was $7.00 per day.[3] Adjusting for inflation, this amounts to $97.29 in 2011 dollars.[4] In 2011, the price for a maternity room at the same hospital was $1,360 per day.[5] * In 1980, the...
  • Social Security unfunded liabilities rise to $12.5 trillion, according to trustees report

    07/14/2017 5:15:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jul 13, 2017 | Joseph Lawler
    Social Security's unfunded liabilities total $12.5 trillion in present-dollar terms over a 75-year timeframe, the administration's trustees reported Thursday, an increase of $1.2 trillion from last year's estimate. The trustees report showed that Social Security's combined trust fund can only pay scheduled benefits through 2034, a projected date that is unchanged from a year ago. Medicare's trust fund, though, is in better shape than previously estimated and will run out a year later than previously anticipated, in 2029. At those dates, beneficiaries would face the prospect of an immediate cut in benefits unless policy were changed in some way to...
  • Poor Design Will Be The Death of us All

    07/11/2017 10:36:53 AM PDT · by John Conlin · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/11/2017 | John Conlin
    Archimedes, one of the greatest mathematicians and scientists of all time understood the importance of the design of a system. Commenting on the incredible power of levers he noted, “Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth.” With a properly designed system almost anything is possible; with a poor one, almost nothing.
  • Former Medicare Trustee: “People Will Die” Claims “Spurious,” “Fallacious Reasoning”

    06/30/2017 1:11:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/30/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    People will die from this policy! We hear this charge thrown around in political debates that it has become cliché to the point of irony, but does it have any basis in reality for health-care policy? Former Medicare and Social Security trustee Charles Blahous offers his reasoned and measured analysis of the claim — and rejects it entirely. Blahous calls it “spurious,” based on a logical fallacy related to the fallacy of composition: These sensational claims rest on fallacious reasoning, which I’ll describe later in this piece. But first let’s acknowledge that neither I, you, nor anyone else has...
  • Trump Won the White House by Recapturing Reagan’s Magic

    06/27/2017 4:24:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 27, 2017 | Henry Olsen
    Ronald Reagan often said that he did not leave the Democratic party, the party left him. That statement is usually considered to be mere political fluff, a ruse to make himself politically palatable to the voters who revered FDR and the New Deal. Yet, that view is both condescending and wrong. A close reading of Reagan’s thought shows that he was always more concerned with what government sought to do than the fact that government was used to do it. Reagan’s preferences always matched those of working-class Americans. Like him, these men and women voted for the Republican Dwight Eisenhower...
  • One Nation, Under Medicaid, With Misery and Poverty for All

    06/14/2017 10:01:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/17 | Megan Barth
    In Nevada, we will know the difference between a moderate Republican and a Socialist by Friday Free enterprise has done more to reduce poverty than all the government programs dreamed up by Democrats.—Ronald Reagan In a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 24 states have a majority of births financed by Medicaid. In other words, a majority of births in nearly half of our nation are born into poverty. This is progress according to Progressives Socialists, the champions of big government (not the little guy) and the architects of the disaster known as Obamacare. So why would Socialists double...
  • D.C.'s talking impeachment but the real drama is in Jersey with Sen. Menendez

    06/13/2017 6:25:19 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 21 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 13, 2017 | Paul Mulshine
    My liberal friends have worked themselves into a fever anticipating the impeachment of President Trump. They think they've got a second Watergate going. Have your fun while you can. But the next trial likely to affect the political lineup won't be happening before the U.S. Senate in Washington. It will be happening before the U.S. District Court in Newark. In the dock will be U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, faced with 22 counts of ethics charges alleging he took illegal gifts from a Florida Miami eye doctor who was recently convicted on 67 counts of Medicare fraud.
  • Obama Program Made $729 Million in Erroneous Payments to Doctors

    06/12/2017 2:29:21 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 17 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 06/12/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Stimulus program to incentivize using electronic health records 'vulnerable to abuse' An Obama administration program to encourage the use of electronic health records made over $729 million in erroneous payments, according to a new audit. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also paid dead doctors for enrolling in its program, the audit, released by the agency's inspector general Monday, revealed. "From May 2011 through June 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paid an estimated $729 million in Medicare electronic health record incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not comply with Federal requirements," the inspector general said....
  • How to Run a Medicare Surplus Without Raising Taxes or Cutting Benefits

    04/30/2017 2:36:13 PM PDT · by ThankYouFreeRepublic · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4-29-17 | Chuck Bolotin
    The numbers are hard to ignore. According to the 2016 report from the Boards of Trustees, Medicare Part A will run out of money in less than 11 years. As a country, the United States is experiencing “deer caught in the headlights syndrome”; We’ve been alerted to a grave impending danger, but we’re frozen into inaction. Whether we choose to accept it or not, something has to give. The truck is barreling down the road, and if we don’t do something soon, we’ll all be roadkill. Why don’t our leaders act? Because they can’t come up with a solution that...
  • Florida Eye Doctor Melgen Guilty on All Counts of Medicare Fraud

    04/28/2017 2:18:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 28, 2017
    A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Dr. Salomon Melgen faces 15 to 20 years in prison on 67 counts, including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying records in patients' files, if he doesn't strike a deal before his sentencing, scheduled for July 14. The senator denies any wrongdoing. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say Melgen's gifts to Menendez were actually bribes. In return, they say, the senator obtained visas for the...
  • Why Trump should embrace single-payer health care

    04/01/2017 9:29:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 30, 2017 | F.H. Buckley
    With the collapse of RyanCare, the Trump administration is looking for a new plan. We’re going to need one, since health-care reform isn’t going away. At best, we just kicked the can down the road. We’re still living with the night of the living dead that is ObamaCare. It’s slowly dying because too few people have signed up for coverage. For younger, healthier people, it’s cheaper to pay the penalty than to sign up. That’s why Aetna has announced it will drastically reduce participation in public exchanges, as did UnitedHealthcare and Humana. The collapse will accelerate with Trump’s executive order...
  • Bernie Sanders, Top Progressives Announce New Medicare-For-All Push

    03/26/2017 1:09:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 25, 2017 | Daniel Marans
    In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms. These lawmakers and grassroots leaders have long believed that the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are rooted in the original health care law’s attempt to accommodate, rather than gradually replace, the private, for-profit health insurance system. Now that efforts to eliminate the law wholesale are effectively dead, they are again arguing that the best way to...
  • Angry About Trump’s Obamacare Repeal? Hillary Said Bernie’s Single Payer Would ‘Never’ Happen

    03/24/2017 3:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 16, 2017 | H. A. Goodman, Contributor
    My latest Counter Propa article explains why Democrats are blaming the wrong person for Trump’s attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act. I’ve been told I speak too often about Hillary Clinton. Let it go, they say. It’s over, she lost. Bernie endorsed Clinton. Let’s unite and defeat Trump. There’s only one problem. When people like Claire McCaskill label Bernie Sanders as “too liberal” and “extreme” to be president, don’t complain when a Republican who’s too conservative and extreme becomes president. The only reason Democrats are obsessed with Russian hacking (NSA has only “moderate confidence” in the narrative, by the...
  • Sleeper issue of Medicaid's future could prove health-care plans' stumbling block

    03/12/2017 7:57:48 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, March 12, 2017 | Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin
    As House Republicans hurtle toward shifting the nation's health-care system onto a more conservative path, nearly lost so far in the roiling debate over their plans is the profound impact they would have on insurance for the nation's poorest and most vulnerable residents. The proposed American Health Care Act would break with the government's half-century compact with states in helping to finance Medicaid, which covers 68 million low-income people, including children, pregnant women and those who are elderly or disabled.The House GOP's legislation would end the system in which the government pays each state a specific share of all its...
  • Indian-American Seema Verma moves closer to confirmation

    03/09/2017 9:53:15 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, March 10, 2017 | PTI
    Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (AP Photo/File) Washington -- Indian-American Seema Verma moved a step closer to being confirmed as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as a bitterly divided US Senate voted 54-44, mostly on party lines, to end a debate on her nomination. The final confirmation vote on her nomination has been scheduled for Monday evening (March 13). The Senate vote to end the debate came moments after the White House blamed the opposition Democratic lawmakers for blocking the nomination of for the...
  • Congressional Computer Admins In Criminal Probe Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive

    02/22/2017 12:06:27 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 21, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit. Imran Awan and four of his relatives were employed as information technology (IT) aides by dozens of House Democrats, including members of the intelligence, foreign affairs and homeland security committees. The aides’ administrator-level IT access was terminated earlier this month amid a criminal probe by U.S. Capitol Police of a suspected security breach, including an off-site server housing congressional data. The Daily Caller News...
  • Trump to call for substantial increase in military spending, cuts to several federal agencies

    02/26/2017 7:33:53 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | February 26, 2017 | Jeremy Diamond
    President Donald Trump will call for a substantial increase in military spending and look to safeguard Social Security and Medicare from any cuts in his first major step toward compiling a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday. The White House on Monday will issue the outlines of a budget proposal to federal agencies, a document that has largely been drafted by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the official said. The budget outline will also call for spending cuts to several federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. The...