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    Cabinet officials signal crackdown on Medicare billing abuse

    By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton
    The Center for Public Integrity
    Top federal officials are stepping up scrutiny for doctors and hospitals that may be cheating Medicare by using electronic health records to improperly bill the health plan for more complex and costly services than they deliver.

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    Hospitals grab at least $1 billion in extra fees for emergency room visits

    By Joe Eaton and David Donald
    The Center for Public Integrity
    Judging by their bills, it would appear that elderly patients treated in the emergency room at Baylor Medical Center in Irving, Texas, are among the sickest in the country — far sicker than patients at most other hospitals. In 2008, the hospital billed Medicare for the two most expensive levels of care for eight of every 10 patients it treated and released from its emergency room — almost twice the national average. But the charges may have more to do with billing practices than sicker patients.

  • How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

    By Fred Schulte and David Donald
    The Center for Public Integrity
    Thousands of doctors and other medical professionals have steadily billed higher rates for treating elderly patients on Medicare over the last decade — adding $11 billion or more to their fees and signaling a possible rise in medical billing abuse, an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has found.

  • Weak ethics agencies, lobbyist regulation tarnish Florida in national integrity investigation

    By Dan Christensen
    BrowardBulldog.org with The Center for Public Integrity
    Florida kicked off the modern era of open government reforms when it became the first state to pass an open meetings law in 1967. Today, Florida’s Sunshine Law, and its even older Public Records Law, are among the strongest in the nation. But while Florida lets plenty of sun shine in on public meetings and records, it has done a poor job of illuminating the activities of lobbyists.

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