Category Archives: Medicare

The Senior Citizens League Warns – Medicare Often Takes One-Third To One – Half Of Your Social Security

When planning retirement expenses, make sure to budget enough for the growth in healthcare costs over time, says The Senior Citizens League (TSCL).  “That can be hard to figure, but rapidly rising healthcare costs, declining health, and the need for increased medical … Continue reading

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Phoenix Hospice to Pay $2.2 Million for False Medicare Billing Claims

The Arizona Republic reports Phoenix hospital provider Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care agreed to pay $2.2 million “to settle claims it falsely billed medicare for patients who were admitted to hospice care.” Serenity founder and former president Ruth Siegel “agreed to be … Continue reading

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Featured Link – MedAssisting

Administrative Medical Assisting MedAssisting.org has a resource page with dozens of links to helpful articles and information. Many of these links are to insurance resources, including Medicaid and Medicare. Check it out.  

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Social Security Questions and Answers — Medicare

By Rosalie Alviar Social Security Regional Public Affairs Specialist in Dallas, TX MEDICARE Question: Will my eligibility for the Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs be reviewed and, if so, how often? Answer: If you get the Extra Help, Social Security … Continue reading

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Editorial: Texas Medical Fraud Case Screams for Tighter Auditing by Feds

The Dallas Morning News recently ran an editorial about a local hospital busted for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars. We often read stories about individuals who cheat the government out of a few thousand dollars. This is … Continue reading

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Victims speak at sentencing hearing for physician who ordered unnecessary cancer treatments.

In continuing coverage, the CBS Evening News reported in its lead story on the sentencing hearing for Dr. Farid Fata, the Michigan physician “who prescribed aggressive chemotherapy for patients he knew were not ill.” For patients who did have cancer, Fata ordered … Continue reading

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Analysts Divided On How Health Insurance Mergers Will Affect Consumers

The Washington Post reports in its “Wonkblog” that analysts disagree about the impact the Aetna-Humana merger and other major deals will have on consumers. While conventional wisdom holds that fewer choices will lead to higher premiums, others say insurance regulations under the … Continue reading

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Michigan Physician Who Ordered Unnecessary Cancer Treatments Faces Life in Prison

ABC World News reported on the “stunning allegations” against a Michigan physician “accused of telling patients they had cancer when they did not.” Dr. Farid Fata, who pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud and could face life in prison, faced his victims … Continue reading

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Hundreds Charged in Massive Medicare Fraud Sweep

A number of national and local outlets cover the government’s nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud, which resulted in charges brought against 243 people. The sweep was led by the Justice Department, HHS, and the FBI. The Washington Post reports that in the … Continue reading

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New Cards for Medicare Recipients Will Omit Social Security Numbers

FINALLY! Finally the government is planning to correct the horrible mistake of putting your Social Security number on your Medicare card. This has been an absurd policy for many years. Identity theft is running rampant and your Social Security number … Continue reading

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