“To scam Medicare is not to give a damn for taxpayers. Money is money whether you earn it or steal it.”
Christine Seivers of medicalbillingandcoding.org sent me the following list of common Medicare scams. I have edited and shortened her copy to fit my blog.
1. The Poser Scam
One common way to scam Medicare is to pose as a Medicare employee, a practitioner, or insurance representative. These fraudsters call, email, or send letters asking for personal information that includes bank, Social Security, and Medicare numbers.
2. The Healthcare Reform Scam
Healthcare reform is on the lips of everyone these days, and scammers are using it to cash in. Many adults don’t know what the new health care legislation actually entails. That’s just the way criminals want it. It makes many Americans easy targets for scams, like those that claim to sell “healthcare reform insurance” that purportedly protects seniors from any losses to their Medicare or any fines they make incur from not meeting guidelines.Continue reading…
One wonders what the Obama administration has to do to get a little credit. I’m sitting on vacation, looking at the ocean most of the day, and spending about a half hour on line at night erasing unread emails, killing out unread RSS feeds, and checking up on my declining retirement prospects. Amid the clutter, a series of press releases from the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department caught my eye. Here are the headlines, with links (I’d link to the press coverage, but near as I can tell, there was none):
That was Tuesday. On Monday, the HHS sleuths put out this press release:
FORMER CHAIR OF TEMPLE’S OPHTHALMOLOGY DEPARTMENT CONVICTED OF HEALTH CARE FRAUD
PHILADELPHIA – A federal jury today convicted Dr. Joseph J. Kubacki, 62, of Destin, Florida, of 150 counts of health care fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements in health care matters, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Kubacki was the Chairperson of the Ophthalmology Department of the Temple University School of Medicine and also served as the Assistant Dean for Medical Affairs when, between 2002 and 2007, he caused thousands of false claims to be submitted to health care benefit programs with false charges totaling more than $4.5 million for services rendered to patients whom Kubacki did not personally see or evaluate. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.