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Medicaid Fraud

Anyone and Everyone

As of June 2018, more than 66 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid. As approximately one-sixth of the national healthcare economy, it’s easy to see how the government healthcare program is an easy target for fraud. (In 2016, Medicaid spending totaled $565.5 billion.) A...

Vocabulary

Fraudsters like words such as extravagant, lavish, palatial, luxurious and opulent. And, they’ll do anything to live that kind of lifestyle, even if it means stealing from others to achieve their dream. Three managers of a now closed Westminster, Massachusetts transportation company were recently...

Money Hungry

People who are “money hungry” will do just about anything to become rich. (Cue visions of luxurious vacations on sandy beaches and frolicking on yachts, while gold coins rain down.) Today’s fraud spotlight shines brightly on a former Montana optometrist who may or may...

Partners in Fraud

Starting a business is a risky venture, especially when you need to have several partners to pull it off. Arguably, one of the most important qualities to look for in a business partner is integrity. A couple from Louisa, Kentucky lacked that extremely important...

The Reality of Fraud

Reality television became a phenomenon in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These statistics show there are several reasons why the genre is so popular. Whether viewers just like the interpersonal drama, find the shows to contain mindless drivel that helps them forget about...

Dead as a Door Nail

There are many ways to commit healthcare fraud. Some of the most common methods include billing for services not rendered, double billing, misrepresenting dates, locations and providers of service, charging for more expensive procedures, but providing less expensive ones and paying kickbacks. Today’s fraudster,...

Need vs. Greed

A need is something you must have to survive, such as food, water, or a roof over your head. A want is something that is nice to have, but you can actually live without it. (Like luxury items funded by government benefit programs.) The...

Keys to the Kingdom

It’s a good idea to consider designating a Power of Attorney (POA). (You will need someone to act on your behalf if an emergency occurs.) Today’s fraud article teaches an important lesson about the type of person you choose to become your POA. A...

The Medicaid Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy makes losing teeth a much more tolerable experience. (Kids know they’re going to wake up with a couple of bucks under their pillow, so why not embrace the pain for a reward at the end.) A Connecticut dentist blew the whistle...

Shrinking Fraud Down to Size

There are several situations where having a personal reference is helpful. For example, when you’re applying for a job, it doesn’t hurt to provide the names of individuals who can vouch for your work ethic and trustworthiness. If you’re trying to get into an...

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