Rockford Advocate article: Beware of health care scams

Mon, 2015/06/15 - 4:07pm -- gmckay

From the Rockford Advocate news item:

They are found everywhere–online, TV, radio, magazines and in newspapers.

There are many ads that offer miracle cures for everything from age reversal to treatments that will cure cancer. The problem is, the claims are often not legitimate. They are commonly untested remedies that can be harmful, and for those who are seriously ill can be dangerous.

Portland ID expert: ‘Medical identity fraud can kill you’

Fri, 2015/03/20 - 1:47pm -- gmckay

From the Portland Business Journal:

These hackers aren’t into these systems to find out what kind of maladies you have in your health record. They don’t care if you have gout. They care about your medical identity. On the black market, it’s 10 to 50 times what financial identity is. Your financial identity — credit cards, Social Security number — is worth a few dollars on the Internet, at best. Solid medical identity is, literally, an unlimited credit card that can be monetized to thousands or millions of dollars.

US Report; Sequestration hinders healthcare abuse, and fraud settlements

Fri, 2015/03/20 - 1:44pm -- gmckay

From the Washington Examiner media release:

The federal government recovered $3.3 billion in the 2014 federal fiscal year from healthcare fraud judgments and settlements and fines from other fraud cases surrounding Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs, according to a report from the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services.

That figure is about $1 billion below the $4.3 billion collected in fiscal 2013. The federal fiscal year runs from the end of September to the beginning of October the next year.

Beware of scams on the Net, phone, and in mail

Thu, 2015/03/19 - 10:38am -- gmckay

From the PR News Record article:

With online health fraud, 53% of people looking for health information online reported that information impacted how they take care of themselves or someone else. As well, 75% do not check the source or the date of the information they find.

Hanging up the phone, deleting emails or closing your Internet connection are recommended.

Don’t disclose any information about your finances, bank accounts, credit cards, social insurance and driver’s licence numbers to any business that can’t prove it’s legitimate

60K Lifewise members part of biggest health data hack in history

Wed, 2015/03/18 - 10:56am -- gmckay

From the Portland Business Journal:

Altogether, the cyberattack may have exposed medical data and financial information of 11 million customers. It is the largest breach reported to date involving patient medical information, Dave Kennedy , an expert in health care security, told the New York Times.

Medical records can be sold on underground criminal exchanges and can be used to engage in insurance fraud, the Times reported.

Man sentenced to prison for stealing $350K in Medicare fraud at SC 'ghost' clinic

Tue, 2015/03/17 - 5:26pm -- gmckay

From the WMBF NBC news item:

A California man was sentenced to prison for establishing a “ghost” medical clinic in South Carolina and committing Medicare fraud, according to a U.S. attorney.

Karo Gotti Blkhoyan, 34, was a fugitive for approximately two years, when he was arrested at the San Francisco International Airport attempting to re-enter the country, according to Bill Nettles, U.S. attorney.

Blkhoyan was placed on the most wanted list by the United States Department of Health and Human Servicies Office of Inspector General.

Preliminary hearing to last three weeks in Montreal superhospital fraud case

Tue, 2015/03/17 - 5:25pm -- gmckay

From the Globe and Mail article:

A preliminary hearing has begun for several people accused in connection with an alleged bribery scandal related to a $1.3 billion hospital project in Montreal.

Authorities say the awarding of the contract for the McGill University Health Centre project was the subject of an alleged fraud of $22.5 million.

They have alleged that former SNC-Lavalin executives funnelled money to ex-McGill hospital officials in exchange for the lucrative contract.


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