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‘Have fun’: Lawyers mining Medicare data for fraud after unprecedented document dump

Within hours of the U.S. government’s unprecedented release last week of a trove of Medicare billing data, a small fraternity of lawyers who specialize in representing whistleblowers in healthcare fraud cases began to mobilize. These lawyers earn their living bringing cases on behalf of employees at drug companies and healthcare…

Medicare Plan B payment information for doctors will be made public

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that it will for the first time reveal how much Medicare pays individual doctors for medical services and procedures, including MRIs and CT scans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release on April 9 massive amounts of…

Republicans to call Obama ‘dangerous’ to Medicare in congressional elections

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans, looking for ways to turn November’s congressional elections into a referendum on President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, are trying to portray Obamacare as a danger to Medicare. The aim is to court one of the biggest and most reliable voting blocs in…

A growing coalition of progressives tries to expand social security instead of cutting it

In our nation’s capitol, calls for cutting Social Security benefits and shifting the ever-rising costs of health care from Medicare onto the backs of American seniors are ubiquitous. But context matters, and these ideas are nothing short of perverse…  …

Hospital laptop theft puts 729,000 patients’ records at risk

Officials at six California hospitals are warning patients enrolled in Medicare to watch out for scams after two laptops containing 729,000 patients’ records and personal information were stolen, KCBS-TV reported on Tuesday. The theft at the offices of AHMC Healthcare Inc., which runs the affected hospitals, reportedly took place on…

A look at the last time the government was shut down

The US government shut down Tuesday in a replay of brinkmanship between Republican and Democratic forces last seen in 1995-96. After Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in 1994, hardliners picked a fight with then president Bill Clinton over budget cuts that included funding of the Medicare…

Did you forget Medicare? Jim DeMint claims ‘federal health care’ can’t work

CNN host Dana Bash offered no fact check on Sunday as Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint (R) falsely claimed that fewer doctors accepted Medicare than private insurance. During a Sunday interview, DeMint explained that Heritage Action had launched a nine-city tour to rally Americans in support of repealing Obamacare because…

U.S. official: No evidence Obamacare hurts workers

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. healthcare official on Thursday challenged claims by Republican lawmakers that the country’s healthcare reform law is causing workers to lose hours or benefits, saying she is aware of only isolated cutbacks. At a stormy House of Representatives committee hearing, Marilyn Tavenner,…

Martin Sheen: Stand Up for Medicare

I’m not going to make any unoriginally obvious The West Wing comparisons. Let me  just say that  after you’re done watching this barn-burner of a video, sign this petition. Game on, boyfriend! (Eh. I tried. Who can help it, really?)…

Republicans to unveil their budget blueprint

WASHINGTON — US Republicans will unveil plans Tuesday for a 2013 budget aimed at slashing federal spending, but Democrats warned Monday the proposal would cut too deeply into the Medicare health program for seniors. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is expected to release details of his new budget blueprint…

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