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"… Marilyn Tavenner, who served as the chief administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services from 2013 until she stepped down in February. Taven …"

"… ner, who served as the chief administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services from 2013 until she stepped down in February. Tavenner’s appoi …"

"… wartz, a Pennsylvania Democrat, to head its newest front group, the Better Medicare Alliance. These two hires tell us all we need to know about where insuran …"

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"… at work. And in an ironic twist, the GOP’s insistence that billions of Medicare dollars must flow through private insurers is a major factor in the recent …"

"… e of the aging Baby Boomers. Millions of Boomers are becoming eligible for Medicare every year, and the Medicare program has contributed billions of dollars i …"

"… Millions of Boomers are becoming eligible for Medicare every year, and the Medicare program has contributed billions of dollars in revenue and profits to the …"

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"… sed as the result of a lawsuit detail widespread billing errors in private Medicare Advantage health plans going back years, including overpayments of thousan …"

"… thousands of dollars a year for some patients. Since 2004, privately run Medicare Advantage plans, an increasingly popular alternative to traditional Medica …"

"… dicare Advantage plans, an increasingly popular alternative to traditional Medicare, have been paid using a risk score calculated for each patient who joins. …"

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"… d in a secret legal battle with UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s biggest Medicare Advantage insurer, after a government audit detected widespread overbillin …"

"… ns, newly released records show. The audit, completed in 2012, found that Medicare had paid too much for nearly half of a sample of patients enrolled at Paci …"

"… RADV. They test the accuracy of a billing tool called a “risk score.” Medicare uses risk scores to pay health plans higher rates for sicker people and le …"

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"… ic Health. Using 2012 data provided by 4,483 hospitals to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Bai and Anderson found that those 50 had an average …"

"… erson found that those 50 had an average markup of 1,013 percent over what Medicare pays for the thousands of items on hospitals’ “chargemasters.” (Char …"

"… t the hospital charged $79,350 to treat a hemorrhage. That’s compared to Medicare’s reimbursement of $5,177. As the authors noted in their Health Affairs …"

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"… not a single one of them is big enough to reduce hospital charges the way Medicare can. Matthew Herper, who covers science and medicine for Forbes, explaine …"

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"… for the government to negotiate with drug companies when they enacted the Medicare drug benefit in 2003. It’s telling that, in response to Ignagni’s rhe …"

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"… re McCaskill wants federal officials to step up oversight of privately-run Medicare Advantage health plans treating the elderly, citing allegations by whistle …"

"… es E. Grassley asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to tighten scrutiny of Medicare Advantage health plans suspected of overcharging the government, saying bi …"

"… billing tool called a “risk score,” which is intended to pay Medicare Advantage insurers higher rates for taking sicker people and less for thos …"

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"… . Grassley has asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to tighten scrutiny of Medicare Advantage health plans suspected of overcharging the government, saying bi …"

"… rs to Lynch and Andrew M. Slavitt, acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Grassley wanted to know what both agencies have don …"

"… surance program for years. “Safeguards become all the more important as Medicare Advantage adds more patients and billions of dollars of hard-earned taxpay …"

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"… as mostly a ho-hum day on Wall Street­ — but not for companies offering Medicare Advantage plans. Several of those firms hit the jackpot, tacking on billio …"

"… harging the government. The stocks took off after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advised the health plans in a memo that it was rethi …"

"… mo that it was rethinking a move to ratchet up audits of the privately run Medicare plans. Some of these plans are run by publicly traded insurance companies …"

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"… health care providers to work together more collaboratively. Increasingly, Medicare and other payers are reimbursing health care providers based on how well t …"

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"… side the Beltway. “Today I will begin as President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance,” she told her “friends and supporters.” The Better Medica …"

"… dicare Alliance,” she told her “friends and supporters.” The Better Medicare Alliance is a so-called 501(c)(3) nonprofit that appears to have been crea …"

"… with APCO on several projects during my years at Cigna.  The Better Medicare Alliance’s raison d’etre is to widen the federal spigot of taxpayer do …"

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"… Stevens wrote. This story was co-published with NPR.  …"

"… least a half dozen whistleblower lawsuits alleging billing abuses in these Medicare Advantage plans have been filed under the False Claims Act since 2010, inc …"

"… tleblower cases will surface. The Justice Department also is investigating Medicare risk scores. Though specific allegations vary, the whistleblower suits al …"

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"… New York State Society of CPAs 2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards. The Medicare Advantage Money Grab series won Best Independent or Affiliated Outlet (med …"

"… lars wasted through manipulation of “risk scores” and the power of the Medicare Advantage industry. It was reported by senior health care reporter Fred Sc …"

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"… passed a measure to replace the formula-setting pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients. House leaders billed the legislation as a step towards entitleme …"

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"… like this: hospitals are paid so inadequately by government programs like Medicare and Medicaid that they have to charge private insurers more to keep their …"

"… In the past, when governments reduced reimbursement rates for Medicaid and Medicare, private insurers have generally paid more to make up for it.” Health c …"

"… y 2013 edition of Health Affairs that found that a 10 percent reduction in Medicare payments was associated with an almost 8 percent reduction in private pric …"

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"… mplex requests could average more than two years to fill. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a backlog of some 3,000 FOIA requests and says i …"

"… s part of the Center’s ongoing investigation into overcharges by private Medicare Advantage insurance plans for the elderly. The Center filed suit afte …"

"… r to be discussing important policy matters, such as how generously to pay Medicare Advantage plans, are totally blacked out. Justice lawyers called 201 …"

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"… week to inform us that it recovered $3.3 billion in fraudulent payments to Medicare health care providers in fiscal year 2014. Officials even went so far as t …"

"… urnal, which, like the Center for Public Integrity, has been investigating Medicare fraud and abuse. In a story that appeared in the Journal before the offic …"

"… ve cracked down on tens of thousands of health care providers suspected of Medicare fraud,” an effort she said is helping to extend the life of the Medicare …"

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"… Information Act (FOIA) request in May of 2013 with the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. He asked for a wide range of Medicare Advantage rec …"

"… al Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. He asked for a wide range of Medicare Advantage records, including copies of program audits, billing data, email …"

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"… sadvantaged children. A second Center series focused on health care, Medicare Advantage Money Grab, also won second place in the Business (Large) catego …"

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"… l health officials were advised in 2009 that a formula used to pay private Medicare plans triggered widespread billing errors and overcharges that have since …"

"… ons of tax dollars, newly released government records show. Privately run Medicare Advantage plans offer an alternative to standard Medicare, which pays doct …"

"… . Privately run Medicare Advantage plans offer an alternative to standard Medicare, which pays doctors for each service they render. Under Medicare Advantage …"

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"… Donald Berwick. President Obama nominated Berwick to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a few years back, but Senate Republicans were so uni …"

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"… ia), have signed on as co-sponsors for the measure.   …"

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"… d the government by claiming some elderly patients enrolled in its popular Medicare plans are sicker than they actually are. The Louisville, Kentucky-based c …"

"… U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Humana wrote.   The privately run Medicare Advantage plans offer seniors an alternative to standard Medicare, which p …"

"… tely run Medicare Advantage plans offer seniors an alternative to standard Medicare, which pays doctors for each service they render. By contrast, under Medic …"

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"… tory. Finding the data Fortunately, the website for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had this information as the Affordab …"

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"… because we believe more cuts will harm beneficiaries,” she said. …"

"… ervices. The criminal case, believed to be among the first to take aim at Medicare Advantage billing tactics, centers on a South Florida doctor affiliated wi …"

"… ed with Humana Inc., one of the biggest players offering the privately run Medicare Advantage plans. A federal grand jury in West Palm Beach, Fl. indicted&nb …"

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"… t Obama’s proposed 2016 budget takes a major swipe at waste and abuse in Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly, seeking more than $36 billion in cuts ove …"

"… iant Department of Health and Human Services. HHS includes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the privately-run Medicare Advantage …"

"… nters for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the privately-run Medicare Advantage plans that now provide health insurance to more than 16 million …"

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"… at the compact “could play an important role in preserving and enhancing Medicare for Kansas seniors.” Congress must give up its authority over Medicare …"

"… Medicare for Kansas seniors.” Congress must give up its authority over Medicare for the compacts to have any impact. Critics predict disastrous results sh …"

"… s results should that occur, however. Larry Weigel, of Kansans to Preserve Medicare, said the compacts would create a “wild west of for-profit competition …"

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"… Public Integrity investigation detailing questionable spending by private Medicare plans has been awarded the prestigious Philip Meyer Journalism Award for s …"

"… yer Journalism Award for social science reporting.  The series, Medicare Advantage Money Grab, documented how Medicare Advantage plans, create …"

"… nbsp; The series, Medicare Advantage Money Grab, documented how Medicare Advantage plans, created more than a decade ago to control health care spe …"

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"… ons. Keep reading …"

"… ar. If you weren't aware, you might have missed $70 billion in "improper" Medicare Advantage payments and the problem shared by 80 percent of all nursing hom …"

"…   1. $70 billion in 'improper' payments A Center investigation into Medicare Advantage uncovered how $70 billion in "improper" payments have been made …"

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