Friday, February 28, 2020

Squeaky Wheels

For people with serious mobility problems, a powered wheelchair can mean the difference between being homebound or having an active lifestyle. But with the price tag for one around thousands of dollars, most people are at the mercy of insurance to pick up the...

Funny Business

It’s one thing to cause taxpayers to pay for services not covered by Medicare; it’s entirely something else for medical providers to visit homebound patients just so they can bill the government for medically unnecessary services. (That’s just wrong.)Today’s “Fraud of the Day” article...

Welfare Woes

Sometimes people must find out the hard way that’s it’s better to tell the truth than to lie. A Yakima, Wash., woman, who is charged with theft and multiple counts of making false statements to welfare officials over five years, is the focus of...

You Get What You Pay For

As most Americans know, having access to affordable pharmaceuticals is a challenge. But circumventing laws to bring unapproved drugs over the border – and then charging the government – is never the answer. A Philadelphia-area doctor has learned this lesson the hard way and...

Life of Crime – Revoked!

For law-abiding citizens, it can be hard to understand why someone would repeatedly take the risk of committing crimes. A Florida man is getting plenty of time to think about that as he serves time in federal prison for committing Social Security fraud. The 57-year-old...

Stealing from Babies

It’s hard to imagine how people can steal food from the mouths of disadvantaged babies and their mothers, but it happens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC, is a $6.3...

Compounding Problems

Pharmaceutical sales can be a rewarding and lucrative career field. But when the desire for profits trumps following the law, sales reps can go to jail. A 45-year-old Camden, N.J., man is facing 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count each of...

Repeat Offender

You have to wonder about people who get caught defrauding a healthcare program – and then do it again. That is the case with an Ohio doctor who is serving a 33-month term in federal prison for his role in defrauding Medicare and Medicaid...

Spoiled Specimens

One way that people working in healthcare defraud public insurance systems is by paying kickbacks for referrals and asking for reimbursements for services never rendered. It’s that kind of behavior that has an Illinois medical lab owner behind bars. The 62-year-old man, from Madison County,...

The Mother Daughter Bond

The mother-daughter bond can be tricky. While most daughters look up to their mothers as role models, most moms who try to maintain a good relationship with their daughters must strike a balance between not being too controlling and being a friend. Suffice to...
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