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Feds expect to collect $4.7B in insurance fraud penalties

Jan. 30, 2023 18:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration estimated Monday that it could collect as much as $4.7 billion from insurance companies with newer and tougher penalties for submitting improper charges on the taxpayers' tab for Medicare Advantage care. Federal watchdogs have been...

Doctor gets nearly 17 years in prison for vast opioid scheme

Jan. 30, 2023 15:16 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area doctor was sentenced Monday to nearly 17 years in prison and ordered to pay $30 million for leading a scheme to bill Medicare and private insurers for unnecessary painkiller injections and write prescriptions for millions of opioids. Frank Patino's...

Why do so many older adults choose Medicare Advantage?

Jan. 25, 2023 11:31 AM EST

In 2022, 48% of Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans instead of original Medicare, and experts predict that number will be higher in 2023. Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurers and bundle Medicare benefits in a way many people find...

Mississippi company to pay $1.87M to settle false claims

Jan. 11, 2023 18:30 PM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — An orthopedic clinic in north Mississippi and its owner have agreed to pay more than $1.8 million to resolve allegations that the health care provider knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. New Albany,...

Virginia woman with lymphedema is getting her life back

Jan. 01, 2023 09:05 AM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Abbe Buck Hann is overjoyed that the spending plan recently approved by Congress includes benefits for people who suffer, as she does, from a little-known condition affecting lymph nodes. The jubilation is a stark contrast to the despair the Stafford...

Spending bill secures funds for Native American health care

Dec. 23, 2022 16:35 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Access to health care for Native Americans and Alaska Natives will be bolstered with funding included in a massive government spending bill awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature. The U.S. House passed the measure Friday, avoiding a government shutdown...

Biden administration proposes crackdown on scam Medicare ads

Dec. 14, 2022 18:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday proposed a ban on misleading ads for Medicare Advantage plans that have targeted older Americans and, in some cases, convinced them to sign up for plans that don't cover their doctors or prescriptions. The rule, proposed by...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Dec. 05, 2022 07:17 AM EST

Lincoln Journal Star. December 1, 2022. Editorial: State’s hospitals face pressure on multiple fronts Nebraska’s hospitals are facing a financial crunch that will soon impact every taxpayer in the state. Put at its simplest, costs for hospitals from...

FDA change ushers in cheaper, easier-to-get hearing aids

Dec. 04, 2022 09:09 AM EST

It's now a lot easier — and cheaper — for many hard-of-hearing Americans to get help. Hearing aids can now be sold without a prescription from a specialist. Over-the-counter, or OTC, hearing aids started hitting the market in October at prices that can be thousands of dollars...

Missouri man admits 26-year Social Security fraud

Dec. 02, 2022 15:58 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An eastern Missouri man has admitted that he stole almost $200,000 by collecting his mother's Social Security benefits for 26 years after her death. Reginald Bagley, 62, of Dellwood, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of stealing money belonging to the...