News and Commentary
“Federal agents Thursday arrested eight Miami-Dade residents accused of spearheading a two-tiered fraud of both the public Medicare system and private automobile insurers to the tune of $5 million.”
Back in August, I said that auto accident fraud rings were also committing health insurance fraud, because they already had the perfect setup. Tacking on healthcare fraud to the accident fraud would be almost pure profit (Accident Ring).
The State of Florida accused Dr. Armando Angulo of inappropriately prescribing over $2 million of Oxycontin and other narcotics since 2000. According to this article, Dr. Angulo even let clinic staff hand out pre-signed prescriptions on days he was not in the office.
Read my article about Oxycontin abuse
Whenever I hear about States funding disease management programs with money from pharmaceutical companies I get a little queasy. It feels like having the fox design and build the hen house.
In this article Melody Petersen tells us about how pharmaceutical companies helped pay for development of guidelines that recommend new drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia—drugs that cost $3,000 per year per person, instead of $250. “A Johnson and Johnson subsidiary that sells Risperdal, paid $4,000 to fly two state mental health officials to New Orleans, where they dined at an elegant Creole restaurant in the French Quarter, visited the aquarium and met with company executives and Texas officials,” she reports.