Category Archives: Medicare

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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Six Things You Should Know About Medicare

Timing Is Everything The majority of people are eligible for Medicare when they turn 65, and many sign up for Medicare at that time to prevent late penalties. If you currently get Social Security benefits, you’ll be instantly registered. Otherwise, … Continue reading

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Medicare Appeals Office Has Cut Beneficiaries’ Backlog In Half

The Washington Post reports that the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeal, which is “responsible for appeals for Medicare coverage, has cut in half the waiting time for beneficiaries who are requesting a hearing before a judge.” The Post notes that “the … Continue reading

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How Do You Choose a Medicare Supplement Insurance Policy?

I know from experience that choosing a Medicare gap insurance policy is complicated and confusing. I recommend you do this through an experienced insurance agent. But if you want to get some good basic information, a private site can give you … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Medicare Information

For those of you about to become eligible for Medicare, or those who just want to learn more about it, the Internet has tons of information for you. The first place to look is the government’s own excellent site, Medicare.gov. Consumer … Continue reading

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