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Monday, July 18, 2005

New York Medicaid Fraud Uncovered

Finally the New York Times does some excellent "investigative reporting" on New York State Medicaid fraud. THIS IS A MUST READ. Click on the headline "New York Medicaid Fraud Uncovered" to read the rest of this very important article.

Here's a sample of its contents: School officials around the state have enrolled tens of thousands of low-income students in speech therapy without the required evaluation, garnering more than $1 billion in questionable Medicaid payments for their districts. One Buffalo school official sent 4,434 students into speech therapy in a single day without talking to them or reviewing their records, according to federal investigators.

There's more.....read the article.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Marc said...

Sally- It seems to me the schools are all being run like a business.It is all about how much money they can receive for every student.Same here just like the calls to have school in the winter on days that bus traffic is not safe.If the students dont show thats less money the school gets.Sometimes it seems like childrens saftey and education comes second to a head count!Thats just my opinion i know many would disagree.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous kathyb said...

Our current Medicaid system is atrocious! As with too many other government programs, Medicaid started out with good intentions. It was not properly managed or monitored,and soon became a golden apple ripe for fraud by too many unscruplous doctors and providers.

NY taxpayers have been paying the price all along and are only now becoming aware of it because of the outrageous tax increases we are now facing, at a time when everyone is faced with severe belt-tightening cuts.

We have allowed ourselves, as citizens and taxpayers, to be mandated to hell, without demanding accountability from our elected officials. Under no circumstances should a mandated program, like Medicaid, be allowed to operate unless very strict limits are put in place to manage the process.

The same applies to the education system. Too much time and money is being spend on "administration" and too little on educating our children.
It always amazed me that the City of Corning could provide 15,000 residents with fulltime police and fire protection, streets (with streetlights!) and sidewalk repair and maintenance, snow removal, garbage services, water and sewer service, fleet and building maintenance, community development services, several community parks and a summer program for less than 25% of the annual budget to educate 5,000 chilren per year in the Corning-Painted Post School District.

What is wrong with this picture? Medicaid fraud and its inherent costs are the number one reason for increases in county taxes we are facing, and we are having to cut corners elsewhere to keep the tax increases in check.

School tax increases are an annual event and are almost always worse than the county increases.

We all need to take an active role in voicing our concerns and demanding that our representatives in Albany and Washington do what they were elected to do.

There are many write in campaigns going on right now and I will forward any I come across to Sal, so she can keep everyone informed.

Lindley may be a small town, but there is no reason we can't speak with a big voice!

8:58 AM  

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