Archive for July, 2010
See Fox News clip on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz__DUISB6E&feature=player_embedded
Despite the law stating medical breaches involving more than 500 people must be listed on the Health and Human Services (HHS) breach list, the Identity Theft Resource Center recorded medical breaches which never made the list. Do you know why? The HHS list allows the loophole of “risk of harm” without requiring federal law enforcement verification. One state has reported more than 200 breaches. Most are not included in the Identity Theft Resource Center Breach Report because they did not include sufficient pertinent details regarding the event. Some states now harbor a protected breach list which is not made public at all, or is only accessible by exercising the Freedom of Information Act. Doesn’t this make you wonder why is it all so protected? Read the entire article from the Office of Inadequate Security
Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina–will pay a combined $9.4 million to settle a whistleblower suit by two former employees of the company responsible for the therapy–Kyphon, Inc., and now part of Medtronic Spine LLC. The Department of Justice announced the hospitals were accused of keeping patients overnight after having kyphoplasty, typically an outpatient back procedure, merely so that they could bill Medicare at a higher rate.
Read entire article from Fierce Healthcare at: http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/nine-hospitals-pay-9-4-million-medicare-fraud-settlements/2010-05-18?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal
There are 73 various health plans that are not truly legitimate, are being investigated and are worrisome; not only with today’s economy, but the new health care reform. These plans are there to take your money, but not pay your claims. Follow the link to the web site of the Coalition against Insurance fraud and make sure you don’t have one of them: http://www.insurancefraud.org/healthplan_watchlist.htm
Oaks Diagnostics of Beverly Hills, California, has paid the federal government $647,000 to settle allegations that it filed false claims with Medicare for unnecessary radiological tests, reported the U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of California. They have settled without admitting any wrong doing. See article at HealthImaging.com:
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