Monday, December 19, 2011

Medicare Fraud at Private Hospital Systems

This just aired on the PBS Newshour, 19 Dec. 2011, an eye opening, but not an unexpected, investigative report.

Tapping into Medicare's gold mine?
December 19, 2011 - America spends over $500 billion every year so that elderly Medicare patients can get the care they need. But as health care costs rise, many are taking a closer look at what exactly we’re paying for. Our media partners at the Center for Investigative Reporting have been conducting a yearlong California Watch investigation into a prominent hospital chain that is reporting unusually high rates of serious diseases. Does the chain attract the toughest cases, or are the hospitals exaggerating conditions to pump up revenues from taxpayers? Reporter Lance Williams has the story. Transcript>>>

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