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 "George W. Bush":

"… 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 …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… on said. Washington saves, Washington spends Like Washington, Oregon and Minnesota also have public committees that use safety, effectiveness and cost consid …"

"… Foote, a health policy expert and professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. When Medicare does go through the national cover …"

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 "Harvard University":

"… fraud expert and professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, said: “If there are changes [in billing] over time costing the public b …"

OPINION: Guess who would benefit from privatizing Medicare?

By Wendell Potter

Privatizing Medicare would help insurers, not seniors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare Payment Advisory Commission":

"… payments. And boy oh boy have those overpayments been sizable.In 2009, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress, reported that those bonuses were costing …"

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 "Washington":

"… ir Beltway know-how and Rolodexes to the private sector.  But even by Washington standards, health information technology companies seem exceptional; fully …"

"… uch firms on health IT issues in the past two quarters have passed through Washington’s infamous “revolving door”, an iWatch News analysis reveals.The sta …"

"… w, a coalition that advocates for affordable health care, observed that in Washington, the “whole town is based on corporate influence and inside relationship …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… Patton Boggs LLP, Alston & Bird, LLP, Holland & Knight LLP and the Podesta Group.About 1,750 businesses and organizations spent at least $1.2 billion in 20 …"

"… on to its in-house lobbyists. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hired Patton Boggs LLP, Podesta Group Inc, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc, and Bryan Cave LLP. Narrative continu …"

"… llectual property work have been recognized as strengths.No. 4 (Tie): Podesta Group Inc.28 clientsHow much clients spent on health care and other issues in 20 …"