"… to provide incentives for health insurance companies to participate in the Medicare Advantage program and administer the Medicare drug program. The Affordable Care Act …"
"… ch themselves, in both lawful and unlawful ways, since the creation of the Medicare Advantage program in 1997. Under this program, Medicare pays privately run he …"
"… CPI investigation uncovered as much as $70 billion of improper payments to Medicare Advantage plans from 2008 through last year. Will Congress act to save taxpayers bi …"
"… omplete data that would facilitate oversight” of the fast-growing health insurance plans. His comments came in testimony prepared for a Wednesday hearing of …"
"… e” Medicare. But Medicare Advantage plans, which are often run by large insurance companies and accept a set monthly fee from the government for each patien …"
"… y” and “difficulties with access to information” held by the private insurance companies. He wrote that fraud investigators have no central place to acce …"
"… ernment. Congress created Medicare Advantage in 2003 to encourage private insurance companies to jump into the senior care market without hesitation. Since th …"
"… r later. Thomas Scully, who helped get the program running under President George W. Bush, said rates were generous in hopes of enticing insurers to expand their Me …"
"… d a multi-pronged campaign, financed by the customer premiums, to persuade Congress to keep the cuts from going into effect next month. The industry’s big …"
"… part of a broader effort to put a stop to those overpayments. Members of Congress inserted a provision in the Affordable Care Act to reduce the overpayments …"
"… George W. Bush, which supported the privatization of the Medicare program, Congress passed legislation to provide incentives to insurers to offer private plan …"
"… profitable than before. AHIP may have a hard time convincing the current Congress to take pity on insurers. Last week the Government Accountability Off …"
"… euters estimates that drug makers take in about $300 billion a year in the United States alone. When you consider that the profit margins for pharmaceutical compan …"
"… regulations. In both cases, you’d be wrong. It’s actually the pharmaceutical industry that spends the most each year to influence our lawmakers, forking over a …"
"… d news for Medicare beneficiaries, of course, but even better news for the pharmaceutical industry. That’s because the industry’s friends in Congress (and the White Hous …"
"… the many problematic issues that Congress’ hands-off attitude toward the pharmaceutical industry has on the American health care consumer — both on pricing and on drug m …"
"… f of all beef, pork, chicken and turkey purchased from 26 retail stores in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Los Angeles and Flagstaff, Ariz. …"
"… .I’m betting that many of them, if they're paying attention to what Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wants to do to the Medicare program, are having some serious buye …"
"… t—and vote— against their own best interests. …"
"… medical services.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"
"… the poster children for Medicare’s fraud problem, particularly in South Florida. But a new government watchdog report suggests that the Medicare Part D pr …"
"… contacted insurance companies because he was receiving refill requests for Florida patients he did not recognize. “One of the insurers sent me a list of 20 …"
"… are Advantage plans are required to submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that administrators for the health insurance pl …"
"… every dollar earned by men managers in 2007 (GAO). …"
"… ports of average manufacturer prices (AMP) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the inspector general said in a new report. They were even worse …"
"… on is required by federal law to help calculate rebates owed to states for Medicaid drugs, and to set ceiling prices for Medicaid prescriptions. Violators fac …"
"… e rebates owed to states for Medicaid drugs, and to set ceiling prices for Medicaid prescriptions. Violators face a $10,000 per day civil fine, and can be sus …"
"… ID numbers to health plans that contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits. But …"
"… market rates for medical equipment. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimated that Medicare improperly paid $1 billion for durable me …"
"… unaratna said the bill is necessary because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have not fixed problems that led to the program’s 2008 delay, i …"
"… s and Means.Peter Ashkenaz, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a branch of Health and Human Services, said he is not aware of a …"
"… titive bidding back in 2008, Ashkenaz said, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services signed contracts with 325 suppliers, among the 1,005 suppliers wh …"
"… of travel.The drug industry's largest and most influential lobbying group, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), paid for 45 trips worth at least a combined $92,000. Nearly half …"
"… ncy last fall to work for Sandoz, a manufacturer of generic drugs owned by pharmaceutical giant Novartis."You utilize the resources you have," Hussain said, citing the li …"
"… he diabetes drug—which could cause severe liver problems—was banned in Britain.To Findlay, "the horrible thing about Vioxx is more than half the people w …"
"… 60 Plus Association to run a phone campaign on Pfizer's behalf that urged Minnesota constituents to oppose state price control legislation, then patched them …"