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  • Madison hospital faces financial crisis

    March 29, 2014 4:52 PM

    TALLULAH, La. (AP) - Madison Parish Hospital could face a financial emergency if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require reimbursement of $2.5 million in overpayment ties to fraudulent billing by the hospital's former administrator. Hospital CEO Scott Barrilleaux and Hospital Service District chairman Thomas Williams made the disclosure... more »
  • Medicare seminars for eligible EBR school retirees

    August 26, 2013 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system has scheduled a series of two-hour seminars over the next month to explain to an estimated 2,900 Medicare-eligible retirees the benefits of switching to a Medicare Advantage plan. In May, the school board voted to select Humana to... more »
  • Zachary woman sentenced in Medicare fraud case

    July 25, 2012 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Zachary woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $10.9 million for frauds committed against Medicare. The Advocate reports Chikenna Jones and her attorney, Michael A. Fiser, told U.S. District Judge James J. Brady Tuesday that the... more »
  • School board puts off Medicare shift for retirees

    July 10, 2012 7:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Retired employees packed the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Office to oppose a plan to no longer offer supplemental health insurance to almost 2,700 retired employees and instead move them all to Medicare. The Advocate reports confusion and fear over the change among retirees... more »
  • 4 accused of Medicare fraud in Baton Rouge

    April 20, 2012 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says four former employees at two Baton Rouge psychiatric clinics have been charged with mail-fraud conspiracy in connection with alleged Medicare losses that could exceed $37 million. Cazayoux tells The Advocate the investigation is continuing. Cazayoux says Teryl C.... more »
  • 2 in B.R. sentenced for Medicare fraud

    March 23, 2012 6:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two women involved in a Medicare fraud scheme that included false claims and illegal kickbacks have been sentenced to prison. Stephanie B. Williams and Mary H. Griffin were sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady. Williams was sentenced to four years in prison... more »
  • AP: Medicare Yanks Licenses, Gives Them Right Back

    October 16, 2011 11:26 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - Regulators fighting an estimated $60 billion to $90 billion a year in Medicare fraud frequently suspend Medicare providers, then quickly reinstate them after appeals hearings that government employees don't even attend, according to an Associated Press review. Federal prosecutors say the speedy reinstatements - though helpful to... more »
  • Medicare goes high-tech to head off fraud

    June 17, 2011 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say Medicare is adopting technology similar to what credit card companies use to screen claims for clues that can predict fraud. The Obama administration announced Friday it has a awarded a contract worth up to $77 million to defense contractor Northrop Grumman and a group of... more »
  • Medicare Cuts, Less In-Home Care

    February 25, 2011 7:31 PM

    Almost 100 home healthcare administrators are now without a job. This, after Louisiana Healthcare Group, or "LHC" in Lafayette if forced to make cuts. And, cutbacks in Medicare are the reason. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services imposed a 5% reimbursement cut on all medicare home health services. The 80... more »
  • Health Care Overhaul Extend the Life of Medicare by 12 years

    August 5, 2010 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The annual checkup of the government's big benefit programs for the elderly showed that the administration's sweeping health care overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years. But officials are cautioning that the dramatic gain will depend on achieving significant savings... more »
  • Largest Medicare Fraud Bust Ever

    July 16, 2010 12:41 PM

    MIAMI (AP) - Federal authorities said Friday they are conducting the largest Medicare fraud bust ever in five different states and arrested dozens of suspects accused in scams totaling $251 million. Several doctors and nurses were among those arrested in Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge, La.,... more »
  • Feds: Largest Medicare Fraud Bust Carried Out

    July 16, 2010 9:22 AM

    Federal authorities are conducting the largest Medicare fraud bust ever, with raids in five states leading to the arrests of dozens of suspects. Several doctors and nurses were among those authorities hoped to arrest Friday in Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge, La. Authorities said 36 people... more »

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