Inflating the Deficit with Futile Health Therapies

Merrill Goozner

Published 2/27/12 in The Fiscal Times

Cynics say Washington is the city where good ideas go to die. A promising strategy for holding down health care costs in the Obama administration’s reform bill – providing patients and doctors with authoritative information on what works best in health care – should provide a classic test of that proposition, assuming the law survives the next election.

Experts estimate anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of the health care that Americans receive is wasted. It is either ineffective or does more harm than good. To put that in perspective, waste costs anywhere from $250 billion and $750 billion a year, or as much as three-fourths of the annual federal deficit.

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Prosecuting Medicare Fraud – The Untold Obama Administration Success Story

Merrill Goozner

First posted 8/24/11 on Gooz News

One wonders what the Obama administration has to do to get a little credit. I’m sitting on vacation, looking at the ocean most of the day, and spending about a half hour on line at night erasing unread emails, killing out unread RSS feeds, and checking up on my declining retirement prospects. Amid the clutter, a series of press releases from the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department caught my eye. Here are the headlines, with links (I’d link to the press coverage, but near as I can tell, there was none):

Miami-Area Doctor Pleads Guilty in $25 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

Owner of Miami-Area Mental Health Care Corporation Convicted on All Counts for Orchestrating $205 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Miami-Area Medical Equipment Company Owners Sentenced to Prison for Medicare Fraud Scheme

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