Articles in Category: 'fraud'

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 10, 2015 11:34 AM

During his 57 years in Congress, longtime U.S. Sen. Carl Hayden, R-Ariz., often related what a colleague in the U.S. House told him after he gave his maiden speech. “If you want to get ahead here, you have to be a work horse and not a show horse,” a congressman told Hayden and the Arizona Republican took that advice to heart.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: January 31, 2011 3:55 AM
Staged auto accidents and questionable medical treatment are adding around $1 billion to the costs of Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) says.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: August 24, 2010 10:50 PM

State Sen. Dan Gelber won the Democratic nomination for attorney general Tuesday, handily beating fellow Sen. Dave Aronberg and turning his fire on Republicans.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: July 19, 2010 4:05 AM

Last week's Medicare Fraud Summit in Miami was reinforced by a record takedown of scam artists who were allegedly bilking the federal health-care program.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 16, 2010 12:05 AM

Bill McCollum's offensive against Rick Scott's well-publicized "mistakes" at Columbia/HCA is shining a light on McCollum's own health-care record in Congress.

Anyone who's been paying attention to the increasingly acrimonious Republican gubernatorial campaign knows by now that Scott was chairman and CEO of the HCA hospital chain when it was fined $1.7 billion by federal authorities.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: April 13, 2010 12:48 AM

Two Medicaid reform bills cleared a key legislative hurdle Monday, and a new research study gave them another push forward.

Building on pilot programs already under way in five Florida counties, the new bills would expand managed-care initiatives to Miami-Dade County next year and implement a statewide program over five years.

"Reform has increased competition among health plans, reduced co-pays and expanded and diversified patient benefits," according to Michael Bond, a senior fellow at the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: March 18, 2010 12:53 AM
Medicaid is sick, and it's giving Florida a case of budget consumption.

Gobbling up nearly a third of the state's revenues, the medical program for the indigent and disabled is projected to cost Floridians $19 billion this year -- a billion more than last year.

What's worse, patients are unhappy about the level of care they receive, and some providers flat-out refuse to serve them.
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