Medicare patrols help fight fraud

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I think programs like this are good move. It's not that many of us think programs which help those in legitimate need are bad. Most Christians and good Americans want to help, but they also don't want to see their hard-earned dollars pissed down the toilet in waste, fraud and abuse. It doesn't matter if the waste, fraud or abuse is committed by Congress, their doctor or their neighbors. They just want it to stop.

This article covers efforts to reduce Medicare fraud.

Senior Medicare Patrols help fight fraud
The projects may not be receiving full credit for savings attributable (to) their work," the inspector general's report states.

Since the program began in 1997, Dieker said, the senior volunteers have educated 9.2 million people about Medicare fraud, received 87,000 complaints from beneficiaries, and saved Medicare and Medicaid $105.9 million.

Coordinators from across the country say their volunteers' tips have led Justice Department investigators to national trends that don't necessarily reflect back on the patrols.

"Just because you refer a case, doesn't mean you get credit," said Alice Ierley, SMP coordinator in Colorado. At a national training session last spring, "the feedback from the feds was that they can't feed the case data back to us; it's not their priority, nor should it be."

Colorado just received recognition for referring the highest number of Medicare fraud cases — 87 — for investigation, as well as referring the largest amount of money for further action — $156,000. The state received a $100,000 grant.
 
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It's a start. Despite the shenanigans of Dick Armey and the Koch brothers, most local Tea Party members simply want the government they are paying for which means eliminating waste and excess. Seems sensible to me.
 
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As long as they don't get overzealous and attack legitimate activity, as often takes place. In Florida, relentless measures to restrict and control pain meds has resulted in legitimate need people being hurt. In many cases, these people literally can't get their needed pain meds anymore due to terrified pharmacies refusing to stock or order medicine like Oxycodone or Oxycontin and Morphine sulphate.
 
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As long as they don't get overzealous and attack legitimate activity, as often takes place. In Florida, relentless measures to restrict and control pain meds has resulted in legitimate need people being hurt. In many cases, these people literally can't get their needed pain meds anymore due to terrified pharmacies refusing to stock or order medicine like Oxycodone or Oxycontin and Morphine sulphate.
Florida's drug problem with prescription painkillers is spreading - St. Petersburg Times

Florida pill mills pump poison through South | jacksonville.com

Chronic pain is terrible, but I don't think it's ethical to funnel taxpayer dollars into:

1) Enriching pharmaceutical companies
2) Turning pain patients into addicts
3) Creating new epidemics and black markets of opioids.

The rich get richer and the rest get turned into drugged zombies. Pretty sick.
 
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