Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Examining the Examiners

Medical examinations are required for many reasons. Children need a medical evaluation before they can attend school; an immigrant needs one if they wish to obtain a visa or green card and, some employers won’t hire until you’ve been looked over by a qualified...

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Parents’ actions often speak louder than words. And, when children observe their parents repeating the same behavior frequently, they tend to copy. (Monkey see, monkey do.) A woman from Placentia, California emulated her mother’s repetitive criminal behavior and followed her lead right into a...

Fraud from A to Z

The president and owner of the A to Z Pharmacy in New Port Richey, Florida used his business as a cover for a massive compounding pharmacy fraud scheme that stole more than $100 million from private insurance companies, Medicare and TRICARE. The healthcare fraud...

Dirty Dozen

The purpose of a medical research study is to use human participants to add to the body of medical knowledge. (Medical research studies are used to test the efficacy and safety of new interventions and often lead to medical breakthroughs and even cures.) Today,...

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...

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