The Justice Department on Thursday announced its largest-ever healthcare fraud enforcement action, and charged 601 people, including 165 medical professions, for making false medical claims worth $2 billion, a quarter of which was related to opioids.
“This is the most fraud, the most defendants, and the most doctors ever charged in a single operation — and we have evidence that our ongoing work has stopped or prevented billions of dollars’ worth of fraud,”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement about the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s work over the past year.
His agency charged the 601 defendants with submitting bogus claims to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and private insurance companies, more than one-quarter were for prescribing or distributing opioids and other narcotics. A total of 13 million illegal doses of opioids were issued, the Justice Department said.
“Health care fraud is a betrayal of vulnerable patients, and often it is theft from the taxpayer,” Sessions said. “In many cases, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists take advantage of people suffering from drug addiction in order to line their pockets. These are despicable crimes.”
All defendants are accused of billing patients for treatments that either weren’t necessary or were never rendered, reports the Washington Examiner.
In addition, nonmedical personnel, which includes beneficiaries, patient recruiters, and co-conspirators, were given financial kickbacks for providing information to doctors and nurses that they could use to make false claims.
The federal districts with the highest-dollar cases included the Southern District of Florida with $337 million, Central District of California with $660 million, and the Southern District of Texas with $291 million in alleged fraud.
Unmentioned by most of the media, President Trump’s administration is making a massive overhaul of America’s health care system.
Recently, he signed a bill revamping Veteran’s health care benefits that will change how the VA pays for private care, expand a VA caregiver program for pre-9/11 vets and start the process of reviewing the overall infrastructure of the VA itself.
The bill saw overwhelming bipartisan support last month passing in both chambers of Congress, and the legislation follows through with one of Trump’s major campaign promises to allow veterans more options for healthcare in the private sector.
“In the campaign, I also promised that we would fight for Veterans Choice,” Trump said in a speech before signing the bill. “It just seemed to be common sense.”
“It seemed like if they’re waiting on line for nine days and they can’t see a doctor, why aren’t they going outside to see a doctor and take care of themselves, and we pay the bill? It’s less expensive for us, it works out much better, and it’s immediate care. And that’s what we’re doing. So we’re allowing our veterans to get access to the best medical care available, whether it’s at the VA or at a private provider,” Trump said.
On the other side of the table, Democrats are campaigning on a Communist health care promise, as Pelosi delivered a pair of speeches during which she confirmed Democrats will attempt to increase taxes and install a health care system modeled after the Soviet Union if they retake control Congress in 2020.
Nancy Pelosi asked if Dems win majority would she raise taxes. "That's accurate." pic.twitter.com/3LMfxfr36T
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 8, 2018
While we wait on the Supreme Court to get around to putting the final nails in Obamacare’s coffin, Trump has signed an order bringing free-market health care back. You may have already gotten the telemarketer’s calls trying to sell you a health insurance policy since the order went into force in October of 2017.
The executive order will direct federal agencies to study how to make it easier for small businesses, and possibly individuals, to join together and buy health insurance.
Separately, the order would allow Americans to buy short-term policies that don’t have to comply with Obamacare’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions. It will also broaden the ability of employers to give workers money to buy their own coverage.
The changes could take six months or more to take effect, the official said.
The moves will allow the free market to make health insurance more affordable for millions of people.
Democrats are terrified that the order may free these association health plans from several key Obamacare regulations and from state oversight, allowing them to sell plans with lower premiums but skimpier benefits across state lines.
It is expected to siphon off younger and healthier customers from Obamacare causing premiums for for the failed health care plan to skyrocket yet again.
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June 29th, 2018