Category Archives: Medicare

$4 a Month? Social Security Recipients to Get Tiny Increase

The Associated Press reports that seniors will receive only a small increase in benefits in 2017, mostly offset by an increase in Medicare premiums. Here are the opening paragraphs from the article: Millions of Social Security recipients and federal retirees … Continue reading

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Former CareFlite Employees Allege Company Overbilled Medicare, Medicaid

The Dallas Morning News reports two former employees have filed a suit against CareFlite, “a nonprofit air and ground medical service provider,” alleging the company committed healthcare fraud by “charging the government for services that were ‘not medically necessary.’” They say CareFlite … Continue reading

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Ex-CEO Claims He Was Fired For Reporting Medicare Fraud

The Oregonian reports that the former CEO of a health care provider in Roseburg, Oregon “filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit claiming he was fired and blacklisted after reporting $10 million in fraudulent Medicare payments to Douglas County doctors.” Dr. Robert Dannanhoffer “claims … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Therapy Provider Settles Whistleblower Suit for $125 Million

The AP reports from Boston that federal prosecutors “say the nation’s largest nursing home rehabilitation therapy provider has agreed to pay $125 million to resolve a lawsuit that alleged it knowingly had nursing homes submit false Medicare claims.” The Boston US Attorney’s … Continue reading

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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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