Chicken Gate Retuns
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#1 Sep 12, 2010
The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION Whiffed pitch No. 6: blatant stereotyping. By Mark Athitakis April 1, 2003 (Business 2.0) GRAND PRIZE WINNER, DUMBEST MOMENT OF 2002 Which leads to the question, Who is Chicken Man? & Why were whole fried chickens selected?
In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted neighborhoods in New York City and gives away coupons for "free chickens" as an incentive for the underprivileged to switch their Medicare coverage. New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION - April 1, 2003 Apr 1, 2003 ... Just don't tell him about the "Chinese health balls." ..... In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted ... New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general..... Falling on his sword, Welch announces he'll give up most of the perks,...2009 and 2010 $120,000 from your tax dollars.
Philadelphia PA Mayor Nutter received two years in a row $60,000 checks to help keep open and operate the city swimming pools. These checks came from AmeriChoice Health and on the surface seems like fine gifts. Yet, they are Bribes non the less, these checks come from a company who receives all its money from the Federal Government as a vendor for Medicare Medicaid services is not allowed to offer bribes kickbacks and money gifts of any kind in order to promote its share or induce its share of the market place. This is not allowed as a use of your taxpayers dollars, yet it happens.What does it really cost the City of Philadelphia to receive this money? Americhoice Health has a long history of corruption over the years yet seems to be protected by those who are responsible to over see their actions why is that? PS... Did the Mayor send for Chicken Man or was he approched by Chicken Man? The Mystery Widens! Can Chicken Man save the Liabraries?
CEO of AmeriChoice Health Bolts.. Was that Chicken Man? John J. Kirchner - Director, Operations John Kirchner joined Healthfirst in May 2010 with over 25 years experience in health care management. Mr. Kirchners background includes responsibility for health plan P&L, strategic planning and operations, and government and regulatory affairs. Mr. Kirchner will be responsible for supporting all aspects of NJ health plan operations. Prior to joining Healthfirst, Mr. Kirchner held a variety of positions at AmeriChoice of New Jersey serving as President from 2007 through 2009.
Will this mystery man or woman or chicken ever be caught? Will the "secret eggs" given out to housing authority officers Clinics, Doctors and whoever, make it into through that crispy crust prepared by their Home Office Line Chefs?. Will the Doctors who collected all those extra eggs for sharing thier patients recipes with the Home Office Line Chefs ever really be rewarded? Will the Great Head Chef Chicken Man or whomever that directed and approved all to avoid, overlook the rules, laws and regulations Menu, ever be really compensated for their true worth or will Salmonella remain the dish served for Medicare and Mediciad Industry.
PS Is the Chicken Man a Blues Brothers Wanna B???
#2 Sep 18, 2010
Limo Divers Protest Medicare Mediciad Reform Cuts, It's rumored this issue could become part of the Tea Party movement. AmeriChoice Health is also rumored to take a position on this reform. Recirculate those tax dollars? Help keep limo drivers working, benefits flowing and overpaid tax dollars remain in abuse.
Medicare.gov as well as other Federal agency's encourage you to report any fraudulent activities, yet, the same government agencys were notified the way this company does business yet did nothing. Three years ago they were reported to these Federal agency's and as of todays date not only were they allowed to continue doing business but were never charged once. Protected vendor status sure, politics sure,limited government budgets sure, Federal and State officals looking the other way sure, and rather then stop these activities a strong desire not to rock the boat existed. Even with the vast changes in the laws and budgets,a hands off policy remains, you tell me what's wrong with this picture? The Government created this monster and now they don't know what to do about it, like shooting yourself in your own foot etc. Tons of money to advance their national growth, its market positions, tons of money for political donations, tons of money to send 75 millon back to its home office from New York state alone, tons of money to suppot National TV shows, tons of money to pay hugh State fines, tons of money to hire the very best law firms, tons of money to pay for bribes and kickbacks, tons of money for hugh salarys and bonuses, all done on the back of the American taxpayor, you see this company receives all its money from the Federal government. Should your tax dollars be held to a higher standard? Should the government agencys responsible for there review be held to that same standard?Should the IRS audit their corruption? Why has this company not been charged? How long can the buck be passed here in more ways then one? Hey, it's your tax dollars don't complain now.. then don't complain later on
ps I know times are tough for a lot us, but it would be great to have a free limo to go to the Doctors, Pharmacy, Movies, Grocery shopping, and given free tickets for the movies. Offered soda, pop corn and hotdogs, as well as have them receive free coupons for Grocery items Kind of makes you wish you also had Medicare and Mediciad right?
#3 Sep 19, 2010
By Wayne Barrett Tuesday, Jul 3 2001
Most of Bill Thompson's "financial consulting" clients are not revealed on his Board of Ed disclosure forms. The most disturbing one that Thompson did list, however, was Managed Healthcare Systems Inc., where he earned a total of $65,000 in 1997 and 1998, according to his tax returns. A black-owned HMO whose principals worked at the highest levels of the Reagan administration, the company is shrouded in scandal.
Last year, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer forced the MHS, which specializes in recruiting Medicaid recipients for its HMO, to repay the state $2 million for Medicaid services that patients never received. Spitzer also put Jean Moise Millien, the director of an MHS clinic, in jail for up to three years after he pled guilty to stealing $275,000 from Medicaid. Spitzer's press release revealed that MHS knew for years that Millien's clinic, Stuyvesant Heights Medical Group, was largely run by "unsupervised physician's assistants and nurse practitioners" and that patients "were consistently complaining that they were having difficulty getting services."
Yet, said Spitzer, the company "failed to take corrective action or properly oversee its subcontractor." MHS portrayed itself as "a victim" of the clinic when they settled with Spitzer.
The State Health Department also revoked Millien's physician's assistant license in November 2000, finding that he'd run the clinic since 1991four years before the MHS contract beganwithout on-site supervision by a licensed M.D. The Department also found that the clinic corporation had been dissolved by state officials for tax delinquency reasons in 1994 and that Millien had a prior criminal record. Spitzer said a doctor from Pennsylvania came to the clinic once a week "to sign charts" for a while, but "eventually stopped coming altogether."
An MHS affiliate left a similar trail of complaints in Pennsylvaniawhere it became the subject of Philadelphia Inquirerexposés in 1996 and 1997, before and during Thompson's employment. According to one study, it was three times as likely to refuse to pay for days of hospital care as the state's next most stingy HMO. The "focus of six special state and federal audits" and a onetime target of a Pennsylvania grand jury, according to the Inquirer,the company took a reported "$119 million in profits and executive bonuses" from its Pennsylvania Medicaid work alone in the early '90s, making it the "most profitable HMO" in the state. Anthony Welters, the principal owner of AmeriChoice, the Virginia-based parent of MHS, was a top Reagan transportation official, gave $20,000 to Pennsylvania GOP governor Tom Ridge, and has given over $56,000 in recent years to Republican candidates and committees across the country. Clarence Thomas is the godfather of one of his children. Thelma Duggin, another top executive, worked in the Reagan White House and at the Republican National Committee under Lee Atwater, the engineer of the Willie Horton campaign. Thompson said he'd known Welters and Duggin since 1992, when they started trying to do business in Brooklyn, and that he "bumped into Tony" in 1997 and Welters offered him a consulting job that started that June. Charged with "reaching out and helping them obtain business," Thompson said he "spoke to community organizations." Though he says he "never visited an MHS clinic"including the Stuyvesant Heights one near his homehe insists that MHS is "a good company." While Thompson's tax returns indicate that AmeriChoice paid him $35,000 in 1998, his disclosure forms report no income from the company.
#4 Sep 24, 2010
Lobbyist Profile: Wayne Berman
Full Name: Wayne Berman
Title: Vice-Chair; Finance Co-Chair; Adviser
Over the course of three years, Bermans lobbying firm was paid $660,000 to lobby on behalf of UnitedHealth subsidiary Americhoice, a managed care HMO providing health insurance to Medicaid, Medicare, and SCHIP recipients. Specifically, according to the lobbying report, they lobbied on Medicaid issues in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.[Americhoice Lobbying Reports 2004 2007; Americhoice.com ]
Berman Also Lobbied For Absurdly Low Rates for Medicaid Managed Care Companies to Pay Out of Network Hospitals. Also included in the DRA, and mentioned as a lobbying issue on Bermans Americhoice lobbying report, was a provision setting rates managed care companies must pay to out-of-network providers -- mainly hospital emergency rooms -- for care received by Medicaid beneficiaries. Rather than forcing managed care companies to reimburse out-of-network hospitals an amount comparable to network providers, the legislation set the default amount to the states fee-for-service rate, which often is absurdly low. The provision thereby shifted financial responsibility for services to Medicaid beneficiaries from the managed care companies to the hospitals themselves, permitting managed care companies to rake in huge profits, while hospitals incurred added losses.[Modern Healthcare, 1/29/07; Text of S. 1932]
To Save Money, Bill Cut Services to Medicaid Beneficiaries, But Left Managed Care Providers Untouched. Under the final budget package, substantial Medicaid spending cuts were achieved by imposing new premiums and increased co-payments on Medicaid beneficiaries; some costs were also shifted to the states, who in return were awarded new powers to drop coverage or reduce benefits to certain beneficiaries. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the AARP CEO decried the final bill, saying it protects the pharmaceutical industry, the managed-care industry and other providers at the expense of low-income Medicaid beneficiaries.[Inside CMS, 12/29/05; Los Angeles Times, 12/22/05; World Markets Analysis, 12/21/05; The Hill, 12/20/05]
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