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Government-Run Healthcare: Not-so-Great Moments

Government intervention has messed up the healthcare sector, leading to needlessly high prices and massive inefficiency. Fixing the mess won’t be easy since it would involve addressing several contributing problems, including Medicare, Medicaid, the healthcare exclusion in the tax code, Obamacare, and the mess at the Veterans Administration. But at least we know the right solutions. Continue Reading

GAO: Safety net programs account for billions in improper payments

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah (shown here in a July 27, 2015, photo), says that only 29 percent of more than 440 GAO recommendations designed to cut waste and improper payments have been fully addressed. Susan Walsh AP WASHINGTON Three health and safety net programs for the poor and elderly accounted for most Continue Reading

Medicare Paid $30M for Ambulance Rides Where No Services Were Performed

IG: Medicare vulnerable to fraud involving ambulance transports  Medicare paid out tens of millions for ambulance rides in which beneficiaries did not receive services, according a new government watchdog audit. The inspector general of Health and Human Services released a report Tuesday that details questionable billing practices from ambulance suppliers, an area that is considered Continue Reading

Lawmakers press administration on Medicare fraud

Getty Images Lawmakers on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of being slow to implement inspector general recommendations on fraud in the Medicare prescription drug program. At a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee, lawmakers pointed out that the administration has not fully implemented nine recommendations from the inspector general to crack down Continue Reading

Using outdated drug pricing estimates costs taxpayers $251 million

By Kellan Howell – The Washington Times – Thursday, April 23, 2015 Ignoring previous cost-cutting recommendations from its own watchdogs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wasted nearly $251 million in taxpayer dollars on infusion drugs in just 18 months by using outdated drug pricing estimates, which drove up the cost of prescription Continue Reading

Fraud Fest in D.C.

It seems that almost everyday there’s a report of yet another case of fraud against one or another Federal entitlement program. If it isn’t Medicare or Medicaid then it’s food stamps, unemployment or disability. Federal entitlement programs have become a magnet for scammers, con artists and cheaters by the car load. Like bees to honey, Continue Reading

ObamaCare=Fewer Doctors

While ObamaCare flounders through its first month we are seeing critics point out some serious issues with both the website and the program behind it. The most obvious issue is the non-functionality of the website itself. The several million who have seen their current policies being cancelled are beginning to panic. Even if they wanted Continue Reading

How About These Wacky Hospital Charges

Most people realize that hospital charges are widely different across the United States for Medicare payments. They simply ascribe the wide variances to geographical differences, better services or the extra cost of being in a teaching hospital. But the price differences are so wide and some of these hospitals are in the same cities, even Continue Reading

Wasting Medical Dollars

The influential Institute of Medicine released a report yesterday that says the United States health care system is wasting $750 billion medical dollars a year, about 30 cents of every medical dollar. The Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, is an independent organization that advises the government. The usual suspects are Continue Reading

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