Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Undocumented Immigrants draining social services? A lie or a Lie.

I really question the Notion or lie that Undocumented Immigrants draining social services or brankrupt Hospitals.

If they were too old to work chances are they would not be here. And if they can not work due to some physical problem chances are they would not be here either. The vast majorities of Undocumented Workers entering U.S. are between 18-30 years old and are fit for work. I think the stats on this so-called social services drain is more fiction than fact. And again if a few they are not paying their fair share of the taxes you can not blame them, they do not sending the tax money, the employer does.

I will continue exposing the fact that Hospitals, CEO's, Managers, vendors, Suppliers, even some Doctors are the burden and the major factor of draining U.S. social services and not the Undocumented Immigrants.

Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill., is to pay $36 million to settle allegations it accepted improper payments, federal prosecutors said Monday. The settlement resolves allegations the center accepted improper payments from Medicare and Medicaid programs for more than five years. Continue reading here:

A federal judge in Houston on Monday also ordered 55-year-old Edem James Etuk to repay nearly $1.6 million to Medicare and Medicaid. Continue reading here:

An Alabama court has ordered two major drug companies to pay the state more than $114 million after finding them guilty of Medicaid price fraud. Continue reading here:

Walgreen Co., owner of Walgreens Pharmacy, has agreed to pay $35 million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing it of defrauding Medicaid by switching patients onto more expensive drugs, Continue reading here:

A doctor who claimed he provided Medicare and Medicaid-covered services in Martinsburg - more than 250 miles away from his office near Parkersburg, W.Va. - has been named in a 157-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg. committed mail fraud by devising a scheme to defraud in an attempt to obtain about $2.25 million from Department of Health and Human Services programs. Continue reading here:

Are you follow me; Continue reading because this is not the ending.

The former president of the Nevada State Medical Association, the state’s largest physician advocacy group, is one of six Las Vegas doctors who have repaid a total of $625,000 to the federal government to resolve allegations of Medicare fraud stemming from an apparent kickback scheme. who allegedly performed unnecessary services and then submitted claims to Medicare, the federal government’s insurance program for people who are disabled or over age 65. Continue reading here:

An investigation into what the authorities say was a scheme that used homeless people to bilk tens of millions of dollars from federal and state health insurance programs began four years ago with a tip from a rescue mission employee. federal agents raided three private for-profit hospitals — Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, City of Angels Medical Center, and Tustin Hospital and Medical Center in Orange County — in connection with an alleged fraud scheme involving federal Medicaid and state Medi-Cal health insurance programs. Agents arrested Dr. Rudra Sabaratnam, owner and chief executive of City of Angels Medical Center, and Estill Mitts, who is accused of recruiting patients from his Skid Row storefront church, the 7th Street Christian Day Center. Mr. Mitts posted $25,000 bond and is confined to his home. Dr. Sabaratnam posted $700,000 bail. Continue reading here:

Bayer HealthCare will pay $97.5 million plus interest to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to 11 diabetic supply companies in a "cash-for-patient" scheme, and caused those suppliers to submit false claims to Medicare. Continue reading here:

Health care continues to top the government's list of federal fraud investigation priorities, yielding the lion's share of recoveries in false claims cases in 2008.

The latest figures from the Dept. of Justice show enforcement officials recouped $1.34 billion in settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. Of that total, $1.12 billion, or 84%, came from health care entities. The act gives federal officials authority to prosecute fraudulent billing of any government program.
That number represents a drop from the $1.54 billion in recoveries reported in 2007 and a record $2.2 billion in 2006. But that doesn't mean federal prosecutors have let up efforts to combat health care fraud, said Russell Hayman, a partner and health care fraud expert with McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Los Angeles.
The government tallied its biggest returns in 2008 from settlements with pharmaceutical firms Merck & Co. Inc. and Cephalon Inc., and managed care company Amerigroup, with recoveries ranging from $225 million to $361 million.

But what was the outcome and consecuence of the Narrow minded, and Anti Immigrant sentiment? coming soon...

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