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AARP Cheat Sheet: Monday, December 27

Posted By Beth Carpenter On December 27, 2010 @ 10:58 am In Notebook | No Comments

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(“Two New York City men feel a tremendous responsibility to respond properly when they mysteriously receive hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus at their Chelsea apartment.” Via the New York Times [2].)
The sponsors of a Medicare fraud prevention bill hope to reintroduce it in 2011 [3]: “The bill would empower the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General to bar executives from federal health programs if a company they worked for is convicted of fraud after the executive has left the company. Under current law, executives can only be excluded from Medicare if they’re still with a company at the time of conviction, which can occur years after fraudulent activity begins.” This should help [4]: “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on Thursday unveiled a 73-page plan to modernize its computer and data systems, as required by the healthcare reform law.”
Hmm: “Dr. Scott D. Augustine, the inventor of a widely used piece of surgical equipment, now has a better idea — he wants hospitals to stop using the device [5] during certain operations, asserting that it poses a danger to patients.”
“Mr. Gallagher, a carpenter who immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1970, died alone in his apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, two years ago this month, at age 72. A week passed before his body was discovered by firefighters summoned by the building’s superintendent. His lonely ending stunned and embarrassed many Irish New Yorkers, and spurred a collective reckoning [6]: How could this have happened, particularly among a seasoned immigrant population known for its cohesiveness and organization?”

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[2] New York Times: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/12/24/nyregion/1248069482199/miracle-on-22nd-street.html

[3] hope to reintroduce it in 2011: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/medicare/134983-stark-herger-vow-to-reintroduce-medicare-fraud-bill-next-year

[4] should help: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch

[5] he wants hospitals to stop using the device: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/business/25invent.html?src=busln

[6] a collective reckoning: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/nyregion/27irish.html

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