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  • Making Money Off Medicare

    WTHR-TV (Indianapolis) investigates makers of lift chairs for handicapped people; the chairs were offered at low prices or free to Medicare patients while Medicare was being charged many times their value, May 29-31, 1985.
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    WILL Radio (Urbana, Ill.) examines impact of changes in federal Medicare program on patients and hospitals; effects of prospective payment plan and use of diagnosis-related groups in reimbursements are analyzed, Oct. 11 and Nov. 15, 1983.
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    Philadelphia Magazine documents how the nation's Medicare system has created a pattern of exorbitant charges suffered by all members of the public; also studies the Pennsylvania Medicaid system in which 55 percent of the doctors refuse to treat indigent patients, August 1981.
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    Clarion-Ledger series reports abuses by doctors under Medicare and Medicaid; one doctor charged Medicaid and Medicare for treating patients while he was out of the country, March 1976.
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    St. Louis Post-Dispatch series finds hospital costs 28 percent higher in the city than the rest of the country, wildly fluctuating charges to Medicare for the same operations, a new emphasis on sales drives by hospitals, May 1983.
  • Alaska Medicare Providers

    Senior Voice (Anchorage) finds the company charged with providing insurance coverage for Medicare patients in Alaska failed to meet one of its federally mandated duties; Aetna Insurance did not provide an adequate list of Medicare health professionals who would not charge clients more than the Medicare-approved fees.
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    Birmingham News examines hospital data on Medicare patients and finds widely varying mortality rates in the same surgeries at local hospitals as well as disparities in the average length-of-stay in the hospital.
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    Wall Street Journal probes mysterious connection between head of failed HMO and White House, organized crime, and intelligence agencies; HMO received one billion dollars in Medicare payments before business failed and HMO head disappeared.
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    Chicago Tribune runs series examining spending at Chicago-area hospitals, finding waste and profiteering at some resulting in greater expense for the ill as well as the healthy.
  • How local group swindled $2 million from Medicare

    Chicago Tribune describes nonprofit home health-care scams that siphoned nearly $2 million in Medicare dollars from the government and hid more than half of it in various tax shelters.