Why Medicare Advantage costs taxpayers billions more than it should

By Fred Schulte, David Donald and Erin Durkin

Critics warned of billing abuse in Medicare Advantage health plans, but oversight is lagging.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard":

"… s won’t see federal auditors for years. Malcolm Sparrow, a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and health fraud exper …"

"… e is delivered in the Medicare program.” Sparrow, the fraud expert from Harvard, said that it should be easier for the government to cough up information …"

The other Washington could hold the key to Medicare's cost crisis

By Joe Eaton

Washington state won't pay for medical procedures that don't work. Why can't Medicare do that?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Stevens":

"… ongress meddling with coverage policy, including the case of the late Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, who at the behest of the PET scan industry almost single-handed …"

Eyelid lifts skyrocket among Medicare patients, costing taxpayers millions

By Joe Eaton and David Donald

Medicare paying more and more as critics question rationale for procedure that's often cosmetic.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thomas Scully":

"… icare’s requirement that peripheral vision actually be impaired.   Thomas Scully, former Medicare administrator under George W. Bush, has a blunter assessm …"

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thomas Scully":

"… icare’s chronic vulnerability to abuse and fraud, several experts said. Thomas Scully, an architect of the Medicare pay scales during his White House days under …"

OPINION: Guess who would benefit from privatizing Medicare?

By Wendell Potter

Privatizing Medicare would help insurers, not seniors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thomas Scully":

"… e industry talking points. Last week an industry friend in high places — Thomas Scully, who headed the Medicare program during much of the George W. Bush adminis …"

Top health information technology firms prefer 'revolving door' lobbyists

By Josh Israel

Top health information technology firms want lobbyists with Capitol Hill or executive branch experience

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thomas Scully":

"… 000 to Alston & Bird for a team that includes former CMS administrator Thomas Scully, and Timothy Trysla, a former senior policy adviser at CMS.  Scully t …"

Washington lobbying giants cash in on health reform debate

By Joe Eaton, M.B. Pell and Aaron Mehta

While patients, taxpayers and lawmakers debate the impact of the health care reform law President Obama signed on Tuesday, one result of the

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thomas Scully":

"… hed highly connected lobbyists to push their clients’ agendas, including Thomas Scully, a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services …"