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(ProPublica)   Medicare officials: after 50 years of letting the program be a magnet for every two-bit grifter with a shingle, maybe we should tighten our oversight on doctors - and that ProPublica exposé on our incompetence had nothing to do with our decision   (propublica.org) divider line 52
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2014-01-07 02:53:41 PM
Cutting Medicare fraud is one of the ways we're paying for the ACA, which was why the Republicans (and many Democrats) wanted to scuttle it: Medicare fraudsters and for-profit hospitals which are happy to play fast and loose with the rules are huge campaign donors.
 
2014-01-07 04:47:59 PM

globalwarmingpraiser: It is wrecking havoc in the EMS business and is going to kill some of the smaller more innovative EMS agencies, with large agencies left standing.


That's the plan.

Dwight_Yeast: Cutting Medicare fraud is one of the ways we're paying for the ACA


The whole premise of the ProPublica investigation is that we're NOT cutting the fraud - and even when caught red-handed being asleep at the controls the Medicare powers-that-be try selling us some happy horseshiat about how they totally have an anti-fraud plan that's going to kick in...um, next year.

Which is what they've been saying with pay-and-chase for ages now.

1965: LBJ signs Medicare into law. And there is much rejoicing and not a whole lot of auditing. I mean, who's going to steal from a health care program for the elderly? Inconceivable.

1970: Hmm. Hospital spending is up 37% in five years since Medicare started. Wonder why...Nixon says eh, we'll figure it out later after the next batch of checks clear. Besides, John Lennon might be up to something subversive. Better keep an eye on that feller and that oriental broad too.

2000: Bubba signs law banning Medicare from paying unlicensed orthotics/prosthetics providers seeing as there's a lot of dodgy operators and paying and chasing all the fraudulent claims is getting old. Medicare: wait, we're supposed to what? We'll get right on it.

2005: Bush signs law banning Medicare from paying unlicensed orthotics/prosthetics providers seeing as there's a lot of dodgy operators and paying and chasing all the fraudulent claims is getting old. Medicare: yeah, I think, like, somebody told us that before. We'll get right on it. But first we have to pay for these 21,000 artificial limbs down Florida way. Looks legit to us.

2006: Yay for Medicare part D. This won't be quite the fraud magnet regular Medicare is. Or maybe it will.

2008: Maybe if we ditched pay-and-chase we could stop sending tax dollars to Russian identity thieves.

2009: We'd love to stop pay-and-chase if we had the resources. If only there was some government spending program, some kind of stimulus, that would fund this worthy cause.

2010: We're going to scrap pay-and-chase.

2011: See? Here's our plan.

2012:  And what's a plan without hearings?

2013: We totally have a handle on this fraud thing (kind of) and see? We got back four billion dollars of the hundreds of billions that have been ripped off over the years, but hey...

2014: (TFA) We are going to totally NAIL all that fraud. Starting next year.
 
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