Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Medicare Fraud in So. Florida

The magnitude of the region's fraud is astonishing: Florida mental health clinics submitted $421 million in bills to Medicare last year -- about four times more than Texas and a whopping 635 times higher than Michigan, both also hotbeds of healthcare rackets, according to government records.

Florida rehabilitation facilities billed $310 million for physical and speech therapy -- 140 times more than New York and 10 times higher than California, records show.

Not all of that activity is criminal. But Florida's numbers are so much higher than other major states' that officials say the only logical explanation is fraud -- the bulk of it in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

From the front page article in this morning's Miami Herald.

We just can't wait 'till Obamacare kicks in. (But I'm sure all of us here will submit our 1099s, whether our gains are ill-gotten or not.)

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