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What’s the Government’s Game with Deflazacort

The drug deflazacort has been used for many years to treat a terrible disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy. About 15,000 Americans suffer from this incurable disease. Deflazacort is a drug that has been shown to be much more effective than conventional steroids. If someone in your family has the disease, you can import the drug for about $1,200 per year. If you try to buy it here, it will run you about $89,000 per year. This is not a joke.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Health, Health Care, Medical Ethics and tagged , , ,

Medical Ethics – Physician Goes to Jail for Pain-killer Prescriptions

There is an image from the Los Angeles Times from February 5, 2016 that is very disturbing to me. It is a physician, Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng who is sitting in a courtroom dock in a Los Angeles. She is an M.D., and only 46 years of age. She is wearing a blue prisoner’s outfit that says “County Jail,” and her hands are bound in chains. She has just been sentenced for 30 years for second-degree murder.  This is Medical Ethics gone wrong!

Medical EthicsShe prescribed painkillers that ultimately killed three patients who overdosed. It is said she not only failed patients to supervise patients with addictive personalities but she blamed everyone other than herself for their deaths. She blamed the patients, she blamed the pharmacists and she even blamed other doctors; she never blamed herself.  Every choice has a consequence and in the medical ethics world the mirror reflects the one looking in it.  In this case Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng.

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Steven Rawlins Guilty of $8 Million Health Care Fraud

STEVEN RAWLINS, a former Chief Financial Officer to two healthcare services companies based outside Nashville, Tennessee, was found guilty today of engaging in a scheme to defraud that yielded over $8 million in ill-gotten gains.   This is health care fraud at it most basic. Following an 11-day trial a jury found that RAWLINS, as the acting Chief Financial Officer for both privately-held healthcare companies, abused his Health Care Fraudauthority to withdraw company funds for payment of legitimate business expenses and tax obligations by, among other things, using such funds to pay personal expenses incurred by RAWLINS, his family, and his associates.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Health Care, Health Care Fraud and tagged , , ,

Take Control of Your Health: 5 Things Everyone should Know!

I welcome a guest article by Helen Bray

Here in the USA, we have some of the fewest legal protections of the developed world [1] in the case of falling sick. The majority of developed nations provide some kind of statuary sick pay for long-lasting illnesses, while those which do not (the UK, for Healthcareexample) nonetheless provide government benefits for those out of work due to illness, and provide opportunities to take employers to court in the case of dismissal due to sickness [2]. Nor – and this frequently shocks people from other nations [3] – does the US provide guaranteed paid maternity leave for those expecting a baby. Of course, an ethical employer will ensure that their people are not discriminated against for being ill, and will look after them in the case of illness – but not all employers are ethical. With this in mind, here are a few tips to keep you healthy and in work for longer:

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Health Care Fraud in America – What’s the Truth?

Health Care Fraud in America – What’s the Truth is a guest article by Helen Bray

The numbers behind health care fraud mean it has to be taken seriously, by patients, hospitals, and law enforcement. According Health Care Fraudto the FBI, health care fraud (and abuse) costs the country billions of dollars each year. However you look at it, that accounts for staggering amounts of cash, even in a multi-trillion dollar health industry.

What constitutes fraud?

Fraud can take place by both patients and healthcare providers. In the patient’s case, this includes knowingly using another person’s insurance as their own or failing to remove a person who is no longer eligible to be on their insurance. By medical providers, the most common example of healthcare fraud is when a patient is given drugs or treatment they do not need. This allows the medical center to charge the insurance company much more than they should have been able to.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Health, Health Care, Health Care Fraud and tagged , ,

Social Worker Shake Down: A Clear Lack of Ethics

Social Worker shake down is unethical, yet those who should know better don’t act better. For quite some time, I have called for ethical training for government employees. Most specifically I advocate ethical training for those who have direct interaction with people in great need. Such employees include social workers, veterans and public assistance administrators, and medical Social Worker Shake Downprofessionals. Why that group in particular? Because whenever a person is vulnerable, I want to make sure that those dealing with such individuals are highly ethical. If they are not, there is the opportunity for unethical behavior.

I must admit that from time to time I am asked if such training is a need, or if it is something I am making up to get more “business.” Leslie Rubero Padilla will serve as an Exhibit ‘A’ in this discussion.  His story is one of a Social Worker Shake Down.

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Guardian Hospice pays $3 million to resolve Medicare Claims – At the Core Unethical Behavior?

Hospice – word that for most means care, compassion, comfort and dignity.  When you ask the majority of their opinion of “Hospice” the opinion is favorable!  Yet, not everyone will make the right ethical decisions when faced with temptation to financially succeed or survive.  That is apparently true when it comes to Guardian Hospice of Georgia.

Hospice Medicare FraudThe United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia announced that Guardian Hospice of Georgia, LLC, Guardian Home Care Holdings, Inc., and AccentCare, Inc., (collectively Guardian) agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that Guardian knowingly submitted false claims to the Medicare program for hospice patients who were not terminally ill. Guardian is a for-profit hospice that provides hospice services in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, Health, Health Care, Health Care Fraud and tagged , , , ,

Medicare Fraud Runs Rampant

When a friend forwarded this widely circulated CNN-Money news article the other day, I thanked him for his kindness but told him, “Oh I’ve already seen it.” I owe my friend an apology; it was new information and a whole new set of fraudulent charges and rotten ethics.

Medicare Fraud

Medicare Fraud

The article, by Katie Lobosco, entitled: “Doctors and nurses busted for $712 million Medicare fraud,” states:

“The FBI arrested 46 doctors and nurses across the country this week in the largest Medicare fraud bust ever. In total, 243 people were arrested in 17 cities for allegedly billing Medicare for $712 million worth of patient care that was never given or unnecessary.”

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5 Ethical Issues facing Physicians Today

What do you think are 5 ethical issues facing physicians today? From an ethical standpoint, there has probably never been a more difficult time to be a physician than in today’s climate of rising insurance costs, malpractice claims, end of life matters, elective Medical Ethicssurgical procedures, social media and pharmaceutical advertising. Numerous surveys and articles have been written on what are considered the most important ethical dilemmas.

We have reviewed several reports on these ethical dilemmas and matched the more important items that they seem to have in common.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Health, Health Care, Media Ethics and tagged , ,

The Opulent and the Arrogant: Measles Outbreak

Here are a few of many, many baseless health scares we might remember: microwaves (they will re-arrange the molecules in our foods), aluminum foil (it will cause Alzheimer’s), sugar (it will cause cancer), and gluten (it will cause anything). And now, ladies and gentlemen, vaccinations (they will cause autism).

mh_capd_fig5-56.tifThere is a whole anti-vaccination machine that has been put into place. It is a machine of great arrogance put into place by pseudo-scientists, pretend healthcare providers and practitioners without credentials, spewing junk science and feeding it to the arrogant and opulent in places like Southern California. Never mind that the mock-science cannot be duplicated by genuine medical schools or legitimate scientific institutes, never mind that the scientific methodology of this junk-science hearsay would fail any kid in a middle-school biology class. Some rich guy in the movie business in SoCal says vaccinations cause autism and so it must be so.

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