A Message From Lucianne  







S-G1




























ST-GC



        
 

 
Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google


  Topic: An Eye on Fraud
Change your user profile.
If you are having trouble posting, please take the time to register.
Your User Name :
Your Password
  I forgot my password
Your Reply  :
Preview Reply     Post Reply
An Eye on Fraud
Washington Free Beacon, by Mary Lou Byrd

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 2/20/2013 5:40:21 AM

The federal investigation into the relationship between Democratic donor Dr. Salomon Melgen and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) has exposed the rampant culture of Medicare and Medicaid fraud, which by some estimates cost taxpayers as much as $98 billion in fiscal year 2011. The raid by the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of Melgen’s eye center in Florida spanned two days in late January. The involvement of HHS indicated “the search-and-seizure raid has ties to a possible Medicare fraud inquiry,” the Miami Herald reported. The FBI reportedly went in after authorities spotted

      


Post Reply  

Reply 1 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 2/20/2013 5:58:29 AM     (No. 9186096)

I think the number is much higher than this. Any program that the Government administers has loopholes built in to allow ´friends´ of Congress to make money, and lots of it...

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 2 - Posted by: M2, 2/20/2013 6:59:15 AM     (No. 9186192)

However, the GAO has long identified Medicare as a high-risk program, and it has issued frequent reports on identifying fraud and finding ways to help combat it.

Can you find two clues in the above sentence which prove that government cannot do anything well?

“Moving from responding once fraud has already occurred to preventing it from occurring in the first place is key to ensuring that federal funds are used efficiently and for their intended purposes,” Kathleen King, the director of health care for the GAO, said...

Again, the above is a case of a lot of words, reports and committees being actively participating in getting nothing done until so much damage has been done that the POTUS has to lie about how much really got done.

Our government is broken in too many ways to fix under the present way of doing things. Establishment Republicans and ALL Democrats must go. By any means necessary.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


   

 

R-G1
  
R-VAR_AD


 
Reply 3 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/20/2013 7:02:53 AM     (No. 9186198)

Private insurers go to great pains to ensure that the patient is indeed insured, that injuries didn´t occur at work place or in an automobile which would be subject to other insurance, and that the doctor is real and provided valid medical service. Medicare does none of these things at least for the first several bills. We taxpayers can´t allow fraud to consume $98 billion a year.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 4 - Posted by: JAN, 2/20/2013 7:08:30 AM     (No. 9186203)

Well, this splains why the maoist keeps blaming republicans for loopholes for cronies. Deflecting the eye away from Menendez.



  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 5 - Posted by: pindarjr, 2/20/2013 7:29:48 AM     (No. 9186253)

Ms. Byrd provides an accurate view as to how health care fraud investigations generally happen and she accurately notes that the availability of a "qui tam" is often a key factor in deciding to proceed with an investigation. Generally speaking, attorneys working in DOJ´s civil division figure they have only so many years to "make their bones" before leaving for private employment and prefer cases that will provide the largest recoveries in the shortest possible time.

The GAO´s claim that, in FY 2011, the government recovered $4.2 billion is, most certainly, an inflated figure. It is a simple manipulation to conflate medicare fraud dollars that are actually "recovered" by investigators, with volumes of fraud the government claims it "stopped" or "prevented." These latter claims are designed to make the government look good and involve numbers the bureaucrats pull out of their...er...hats.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 6 - Posted by: starbaby, 2/20/2013 7:49:13 AM     (No. 9186289)

Just assuming for a minute the $4.2 billion is correct, I´d like to know how much it cost to collect. How about a "net" figure? I´d also be interested to see the budgets of the departments involved in investigating fraud. Just a wild guess here but I imagine we´re not getting much bang for the buck.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 7 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 2/20/2013 8:15:39 AM     (No. 9186336)

So obamacare is not about providing medical care for all, it is about moving private insurance to government insurance to make fraud easier for democrat donors....

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


   

 

  


 
Reply 8 - Posted by: Ivehadit, 2/20/2013 8:23:29 AM     (No. 9186352)

Before you democrats start threatening us with higher taxes and debt slavery and theft of our paid-in retirement YOU BETTER FIX THIS FIRST.

We have had enough.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 9 - Posted by: Crosscut, 2/20/2013 8:35:58 AM     (No. 9186375)

The elimination of fraud and waste in all government agencies would resolve much of the fiscal problems. Freeze their budgets, impose severe criminal penalties and stand back.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 10 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/20/2013 8:42:44 AM     (No. 9186389)

Take the money out of government is the solution.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 11 - Posted by: OhMy, 2/20/2013 8:43:31 AM     (No. 9186393)

The article mentions shortage of staff as the reason that much of the fraud goes undetected. Why not transfer the tax auditors hired to collect Obamacare taxes over to the fraud side of the equation. This would be more productive work for them.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.


Reply 12 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 2/20/2013 9:24:47 AM     (No. 9186484)

One good thing about this Menendez scandal - -

- - it´s finally bringing prominence to men with pumpkin heads.

Just about every woman I know swoons at the sight of a man with a pumpkin-shaped head. There´s nothing sexier - - but unfortunately it´s been sadly overlooked. Now - - at last - - men with pumpkin heads are getting their well-deserved accolades.

If nothing else - - thank you Sen. Bob for finally righting this gnawing social injustice.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


   

 

B-G1


 
Reply 13 - Posted by: maryc, 2/20/2013 10:14:09 AM     (No. 9186614)

As long as the tax system can be used for coercion, punishment, reward, etc. we are not the free nation that the Constitution promised and our patriots died for. If we had a tax system that did not allow Congress to dictate to us our very lives, liberty and what we can pursue as happiness then we would be a freedom filled nation again.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 14 - Posted by: NessunDorma, 2/20/2013 11:04:49 AM     (No. 9186728)

This administration is forever touting the low administrative costs for the Medicare/Medicaid programs and comparing them to the much higher administrative costs in the private insurance industry. Well, you´re not going to find private insurance companies dealing with billions upon billions of dollars of fraud after the fact. No, they employ experts who routinely detect attempted fraud before claims are paid. Dealing with this problem is not easy and it´s not cheap, but it is one more thing government is not good at.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 15 - Posted by: Brittany, 2/20/2013 1:11:38 PM     (No. 9186941)



  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 16 - Posted by: Brittany, 2/20/2013 1:16:40 PM     (No. 9186949)

Sorry. The attempts last year to find fraud in Medicare caused my first year with so much junk in my reports that I quit keeping track. It also caused my physician hours of work to correct charges which were within my deductible and thus of no effect on fraud (and I never got billed by them for miniscule changes which were in the physicians´s favor).

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


Reply 17 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 2/21/2013 12:03:52 AM     (No. 9188094)

Holder has put Docs in prison for use of wrong Medicare code...though no extra money was made by the docs....

Any bets these docs were all republican donors...Good docs who sit in prison while this filth continues to steal....and have sex with 12 year old little girls

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

   1  person like this.


   

 

R_DBL_B
  


 

Post Reply   Close thread 724123




Below, you will find ...

Most Recent Articles posted by "StormCnter"

and

Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)




Most Recent Articles posted by "StormCnter"



Obama and the Most [REDACTED]
Administration in History
Reason Magazine, by Gene Healy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 6:00:37 AM     Post Reply
Good news: thanks to a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, the "most transparent administration in history" is going to have to tell American citizens when it believes it´s legally entitled to kill them. The lawsuit arose out of Freedom of Information Act requests by two New York Times reporters for Office of Legal Counsel memoranda exploring the circumstances under which it would be legal for U.S. personnel to target American citizens. The administration stonewalled, asserting that "the very fact of the existence or nonexistence of such documents is itself classified," and a federal district judge

How Lindsey Graham
outmaneuvered the tea party
Politico, by Manu Raju    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:57:13 AM     Post Reply
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form — and knew immediately what he had to do. After the tea party wave in the 2010 election, right-wing groups were itching to get one of South Carolina’s newly elected conservative congressmen to challenge Graham, the blunt-spoken, deal-making congressional veteran of two decades. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a favorite of the grass roots, was high on their list. So when Graham got wind in 2012 that Mulvaney wanted a seat on the House Financial Services Committee, he quietly lobbied his longtime friend, Speaker John Boehner, to

The Problem With Student-Loan Forgiveness
National Journal, by Sophie Quinton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:51:46 AM     Post Reply
If you have student loans, chances are you wish there was a way to make them disappear. And in a way, there is: The federal government now offers three repayment plans that lower monthly payments and will—eventually—forgive remaining debt. A separate plan forgives loans for people who take certain public-service jobs. Some of these options, however, are so new that nobody knows how well they´ll serve borrowers. Even when it comes to well-established repayment plans, many students don´t truly understand their options. And some analysts say that policy adjustments are needed to ensure that students don´t get too comfortable taking on

BOOM: The Left’s Favorite Talking
Point Disproved by Science
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:35:05 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic Party’s obsession with income inequality and “the one percent” is factually misguided, science has found. Over the weekend, leading academic professor Mark R. Rank discussed the findings of a recent scientific study on income inequality in the New York Times. It turns out that, according to scientific data, the Left’s horror stories about a rigid class structure in the United States fueled by nefarious, wealth-hoarding one-percenters is false. “The picture drawn of the 1 percent has been that of a static population, just as the 99 percent is often portrayed as unchanging,” Rank writes. “There is a line drawn between

   

 



 
Raced-Based Preferences Forever
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:32:21 AM     Post Reply
You can often tell when advocates of one side in an argument fear they will ultimately lose. They change their branding. A few years ago, warnings about “global warming” were replaced with scare stories about “climate change.” One reason? The Earth had stopped appreciably warming in the late 1990s, making the change a PR necessity. Supporters of affirmative action are now signaling similar weakness. What was called “racial quotas” in the 1970s and has been referred to as “affirmative action” since the 1990s is giving way to a new term: “race-sensitive admission policies.” The language shift is telling — race-based preferences

Mozilla, Duck Dynasty, Chick-fil-A,
and the politicization of everything
Daily Caller, by Casey Given    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:24:53 AM     Post Reply
Would you boycott a family dinner because your grandfather holds some politically incorrect views about welfare recipients? Or, would you uninvite a neighboring family from attending a block party after learning that they attend an evangelical church that upholds a traditional definition of marriage? Most reasonable people would say “no,” adhering to the old adage that it’s rude to talk politics in polite company. Unfortunately, this rule of etiquette that has governed civil society for ages seems to be quickly evaporating in the world of commerce, as highlighted by the now notorious case of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. This impolite seed

Bad Faith Meets Bad Science
Weekly Standard, by Alex Vuckovic    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:16:41 AM     Post Reply
The attempts of defenders of Obamacare to rouse the American people in favor of the doomed monstrosity have become more desperate and bizarre. The most recent example is taking place in Florida, where the sudden death of a young uninsured woman is being cited as an indictment of the Republican-controlled state legislature for refusing to approve the Medicaid expansion so generously being offered by the feds. If the woman in question had access to federally-mandated Medicaid, they argue, she would of course have gone in for preventative screening which would have revealed her cardiac abnormality and somehow saved her life.



Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)



Obama to free hundreds of drug
felons under clemency rules
designed to un-do mandatory
sentences from ´War on Drugs´ era

54 replie(s)
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/21/2014 11:37:51 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is poised to entertain a flood of new clemency applications from thousands of federal prisoners who were given harsh sentences under mandatory-minimum laws following drug convictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. Holder said in a short videotaped statement that he wants to shrink the federal prison population by a modest amount while ensuring ´that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.´ At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.

Dole: Cruz, Paul & Rubio
lack experience for 2016

44 replie(s)
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 11:18:06 AM     Post Reply
Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) said a number of junior GOP senators considering a presidential run in 2016 do not yet have the experience — specifically naming Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). The former 1996 GOP presidential candidate sounded particularly skeptical of Cruz in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don´t think they´ve got enough experience yet," Dole said. The 90-year-old former senator said, however, his main concern about 2016 is living

Jeb Bush is your only chance
against Hillary, Republicans

42 replie(s)
Hot Air, by Bob Schrum    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/22/2014 6:32:54 AM     Post Reply
If Jeb reaches for the nomination, there will be a titanic battle between the party establishment and the Tea Party. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s strategist in 2008, insists that in the end Republicans usually settle on the most electable candidate. To get by, this Bush may be forced to trim his positions, although the cautionary tale of Romney suggests that he would have to tack artfully and carefully for the sake of the general election. Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.

Michelle Obama:
´splurging is the key to life´

39 replie(s)
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/21/2014 9:31:25 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau
37 replie(s)
New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/22/2014 5:03:20 AM     Post Reply
There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I’ve been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation’s all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey. Because the Census Bureau’s surveys are scientific — meaning

Professor: ‘Colleges Will Start Closing Up’ if
‘Racist, Misogynist, Money-Grubbing’ GOP Wins

36 replie(s)
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/22/2014 4:42:50 PM     Post Reply
New audio reveals an Eastern Connecticut State University professor warning that Republicans will “want things to go back — not to to 1955, but to 1855? if they win control of Congress in November. Republican victories could also put him out of a job, he cautioned. “We will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens,” Professor Brent Terry told students in his Introduction to Creative Writing course, according to audio obtained by Campus Reform. “I mean, colleges will start closing up if these people have their way.” Over the course of his rant, Terry characterized conservatives

But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

35 replie(s)
American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

   

Post Reply   Close thread 724123





Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google


© 2014 Lucianne.com Media Inc.

~~~c~~~