Category: Health Care

GAO Reports Worsening Improper Payments

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recently published a summary of the testimony of US Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro regarding government efficiency and effectiveness.  The GAO reports annually to Congress on federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives (both within departments and government-wide) that are fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative.  It also identifies opportunities for cost savings …

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Government Typo Will Require Certain Taxpayers to Delay Filing

Recently the government sent out Form 1095-A to Obamacare participants. However it appears that an error reported in the forms mailed out will need to be corrected.  As a result, affected taxpayers are requested to wait until they get corrected forms before filing.  The blog at healthcare.gov reads: “If you enrolled in a plan through …

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Audit Re-do Required Because of Inappropriate Relationship

Ernst & Young (E&Y) audits of Ventas, a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the healthcare sector, will have to be redone for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2013, along with a review for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.  This unfortunate and costly required effort results from E&Y’s determination that the work …

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All private health insurance premiums will face new taxes in 2014

Some of the private health insurance cost increases that we will be experiencing are caused by ObamaCare tax increases on private health insurance premiums. There are four such new taxes, the total of which in 2014 equals 4% of premiums. These taxes will continue to be phased in at higher rates through 2018. Did you …

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Press missing the real story on Obama Care required insurance changes

President Obama unequivocally promised that if one wanted to keep your insurance, you could. Currently, the press is widely reporting the cancellation of individual insurance policies because of Obama Care. In response, the administration claims that the cancelled policies are those that do not meet Obama Care’s minimum requirements, so those being forced to change …

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Dentist’s Pre-Treatment Non-Disclosure Agreement Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

There have been a number of cases in recent years regarding damages allegedly caused by negative online reviews.  A dentist in New York is currently the target of a class action lawsuit regarding efforts to head off such issues.  Stacy Makhnevich, DDS, allegedly had patients sign a form prior to treatment that they would not denigrate …

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Bullseye

In some respects I’m feeling pretty justified by last week’s Supreme Court ruling on the Individual Mandate.  That is because eighteen months ago I said that commentators were pushing aside the very real likelihood of it being justified under the taxation clause of the constitution.  That prediction got me more than a little ridicule in some online …

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Do Long Commutes Cause Health Risks?

Recently, MSNBC warned “Beep! Beep! That creeping commute is hurting your health,” citing a newly published article entitled “Commuting Distance, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, and Metabolic Risk” by Dr. Christine Hoehner et al. The health study finds a statistically significant correlation between commute length and poorer scores on several health indicators, including high blood pressure, obesity, and …

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Attempted Biopharmaceutical Takeover Turns Toxic

Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (“HSG”), a biopharmaceutical company targeted for acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”), has adopted a defensive position commonly known as a “poison pill”.  HSG is apparently unimpressed with GSK’s $13 cash per share ($2.6 billion) offer and has approved a Shareholder’s Rights Plan whose intention is to make the takeover uneconomical for GSK. …

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Recent Crackdown Demonstrates the Magnitude of Medicare Fraud

The US has charged over 100 individuals in the largest Medicare fraud crackdown to date.  The falsely submitted billings total over $450 million, approximately $60 million of which had been paid out.  The number of doctors, nurses, social workers and various other support personnel involved in this sweep demonstrates the pervasive nature of the fraud …

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