What Put the Brakes on Medicare Spending?

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe Holy Grail in battles over the federal budget has been how to slow down the runaway train of health care spending. So it surely comes as good news that spending on traditional Medicare has slowed substantially, as a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study shows, and not just because of the broader economic slowdown. For 25 years, spending on traditional Medicare rose, on average, 8 percent a year. Then, from 2007 to 2012, the increase slowed to an average annual …

Medicare Fraud: A Son Blows the Whistle on Dad’s Company

Posted on 07/31/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayWithin the gigantic Medicare system lurk plenty of fraudsters. They falsify or inflate claims and hope they slip through the billing and documentation cracks. At the same time, federal prosecutors try to sniff out such deception. And occasionally they get a little help from inside. Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department closed such a case when Park Avenue Medical Associates of White Plains, N.Y., agreed to pay $1 million to settle charges that it had fraudulently billed the Medicare …

Bill Aims to Root Out Waste In Medicare and Medicaid

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsNew legislation proposed with bipartisan support on Capitol Hill aims to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. Mistakes, inefficiencies and fraud in the two health care programs come at a steep price to both consumers and taxpayers, points out Joyce A. Rogers, senior vice president of government affairs for AARP, which has endorsed the bill. “The PRIME Act is a strong first step toward reducing waste, fraud, and abuse in our public health programs,” she says. (PRIME …