11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun. 1. Captured Burmese pythons will slither home in a straight line for many miles. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. A photographer has a way of making sick kids’ dreams come to life. (Learn more at Huffington Post) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter 3. Some bad fats may not be so bad for us after all. (Learn more at AARP) 4. California, Berkeley claims it has hired the first university Wikipedian-in-residence.  (Learn more at Library …

Meet the Medicare Fraud-Fighters

For many older Americans, Medicare has been a life-saver – literally. And, over its 47-year-old history, the government health care initiative has allowed countless more Americans to lived longer and healthier lives. That’s the good news. The not-so-good? Some doctors, pharmacies and other providers try to steal from Medicare by overbilling or submitting fraudulent charges for reimbursement. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter That’s where the Medicare Fraud Strike Force (don’t you just love that name?) comes in. …

Attorney General Holder: Fighting Financial Crimes Against the Elderly Is a Priority

As many as one in five older Americans has been the victim of a financial swindle, resulting in a staggering loss of $3 billion in one year alone, Attorney General Eric Holder told the audience at AARP’s National Event & Expo in New Orleans. The heartbreak behind these figures is unconscionable. Holder says stepped-up enforcement against financial fraud is a priority at the Justice Department. But he says the government’s success, in part, is dependent on “allies” like AARP for raising awareness …

The Takeaway: Major Medicare Fraud Bust Nets 100+ Health Care Workers

The largest <strong>Medicare fraud bust</strong> in recent history has netted more than 100 people and an estimated $450 million in <strong>false billings</strong>, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/02/100-charged-in-medicare-fraud-busts-in-7-cities/">the Associated Press reports</a>. The nationwide operation has been under investigation for several months, on suspicions of defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs.

The Takeaway: Billions in Health Care Fraud Money Recovered

More than $4 billion in <strong>health care fraud</strong> money was recovered in 2011, Justice Department officials announced yesterday.