Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Placebo Effect

Topical anti-inflammatory creams are one of the best ways to safely reduce inflammation and pain in muscles and joints. (That’s assuming the anti-inflammation drug is actually included in the cream.) A Fayetteville, North Carolina pharmacist committed healthcare fraud by billing both Medicare and Medicaid...

Part of the Problem

After a recent health care fraud crackdown, two Austin, Texas, psychologists and a patient recruiter from Cedar Park, Texas, were charged with health care fraud. The trio was part of a larger scheme including 115 doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners who allegedly bilked...

Compounding Problems

A pharmacy owner in Decatur, Alabama recently compounded problems for his business when he devised a healthcare fraud scheme that stole from TRICARE, the U.S. Department of Defense’s military health system. The pharmacy owner used his business to bilk more than $10 million from the government health insurance program and military families who deserved the benefits.

Drowning in Pills

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid prescriptions are linked to more than 40 percent of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths. (More than 200,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2016. Just during 2016, more than 46 people...

Compounding Problems

Compounding interest is every investor’s friend. Over time, interest is earned on the principal amount deposited, plus the accumulated interest from previous periods. (Before you know it, even a small amount of money invested at a consistent rate can turn into a fortune.) A...

Faking It Didn’t Make It

There is no cure for Sickle Cell Anemia, an inherited condition where there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body. (Some of the symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia include swollen hands and feet, fatigue, or jaundice of...

The Power of Persuasion

We are impacted by persuasion every day. Just turn on the television and within a few minutes, you’ve watched at least one commercial, if not more, advertising a sizeable discount if you call a toll-free number, log-on to a website, or run on down...

What a Pain

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Daphne pain doctor pleads guilty to healthcare fraud, money laundering,” posted on AL.com. A former pain doctor, who operated in Baldwin County, pleaded guilty to federal charges for defrauding Medicaid.

Medicare Manicures

Ocala podiatrist Dr. Michael Rotstein, 55, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of healthcare fraud. Rotstein billed Medicare and TRICARE for a service that he called “removal of skin and muscle,” but which federal prosecutors said often was just “routine foot care, including the clipping of toenails.”

Reversal of Fortune

Some nine million members and veterans of the nation’s military services receive medical coverage from a U.S. government program called TRICARE. It’s a system built on trust — making it an easy mark for seasoned South Florida pharmacist Serge Francois, prosecutors say. Francois, 51, stood trial over the past month on charges of fleecing tens of millions from the taxpayer-funded military program to buy the former Broward County mansion of Hollywood megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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