Thank you, Mr. President!
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Saint Marys, GA
#1 Oct 7, 2012
When politicians talk about waste, fraud and abuse, this is what they're talking about. And the Obama administration is actually doing something about it, cracking down on the fraud, but using Obamacare to prevent providers caught in fraud from EVER gaming the system again!
"AP - WASHINGTON A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including a hospital president, doctors and nurses, with Medicare fraud schemes in seven cities involving $429 million in false billings.
At a news conference Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the case reveals an alarming trend in criminal efforts to steal billions of taxpayer dollars for personal gain. Holder called the action one of the largest such law enforcement efforts of its kind.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that that in addition to the newly announced criminal charges, her agency used new authority under the Obama administration's health care law to stop future payments to many of the health care providers suspected of fraud.
The law enforcement effort focused on fraudulent Medicare schemes in Baton Rouge, La.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles and Miami.
In Houston, a federal indictment charged the president of an unnamed hospital with participating along with six other people in $158 million in fraudulent billings for community mental health services.
In Dallas, two doctors and two registered nurses were charged with participating in over $103 million in false billings. In Brooklyn, a doctor and four chiropractors allegedly participated in $23 million in false billings."
Read at: http://online.wsj.com/article/APbaee27d23e1e4...
#2 Oct 8, 2012
Thanks for the post NFL Guy. I checked on the Houston 158 million fraudulent billings and here is excerpts from Houston Chronicle newspaper:
"After 30 years as CEO of one of Houston's most historic hospitals, Earnest Gibson III, along with his son and five others, was arrested on Thursday - part a national Medicare fraud sweep involving $430 million in bogus billings and 91 health care providers in seven states.
If the allegations against the 68-year-old Gibson are true, that he and others at the hospital bilked the Medicare program of $158 million over a period of more than seven years, it could prove lethal for Riverside, once the primary hospital for the city's black population.
Gibson and his son Earnest Gibson IV, 35, were charged with 13 counts: conspiracy to commit health care fraud; conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and receive health care kickbacks; one count of money laundering and ten counts of violating the anti-kickback statute.
They are among dozens of individuals who were arrested or surrendered Thursday as indictments were unsealed nationwide. The Gibsons are accused of teaming up with Riverside's previously indicted assistant administrator, Mohammad Khan, who pleaded guilty in the scheme in February.
Together, the indictment alleges, the three created a plan that paid up to $3,200 in cash to "patient recruiters." The recruiters, in turn, would pay Houston-area group-home owners to send patients to Riverside's satellite clinics offering "partial hospitalization programs" for the mentally ill."
The CEO of Riverside Hospital has been there since the 80's. Wonder how much fraud they have committed during his tenure.
FYI, Riverside was originally built as a negro hospital. It is still considered by most to be a "welfare" hospital.
Sebelius said they were able to detect and prosecute those resposible for the fraud because a law in Obamacare. I have to throw the BS flag on that. What the hospital was doing was always illegal.
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