Medicare Fraud Endangers Patient Health

Not only is Medicare fraud bankrupting the country, but it also endangers patients health.  NYTimes tells the story of a man who received the wrong motorized chair – a shoddier, more dangerous chair than the one he had ordered – due to fraud.  The Times explains the financial and health care costs: Medicare abuse and fraud like this costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars every year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or C.M.S., estimated that in 2010, the two programs together made more than $65 billion in improper federal payments. An April 2012 study by a...

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Off-label Drug Marketing of Antipsychotic Drugs for Children?

A new study found a 62% increase in the number of children ages 3 to 18 who are enrolled in Medicaid taking antipsychotic drugs in the last ten years.  The number of children taking such antipsychotics was 354,000 in 2007.  Science Daily reports: Increased antipsychotic use was observed across a wide range of mental health diagnoses, and was particularly high for children with ADHD or conduct disorder, although the FDA has not approved the drugs to treat these conditions in children. In total, 65% of children prescribed antipsychotics in 2007 were using the drugs “off-label,” or...

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