Updated 10:11 pm, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 63-year-old New Orleans woman has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for her part in a $3.2 million Medicare fraud and kickback scheme. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt also ordered Sandra Parkman to pay $277,000 in restitution, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. She was convicted in November and sentenced Wednesday in a five-year scheme to supply power wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment to people who didn't need it. Evidence showed that Parkman got more than $47,000 in kickbacks from equipment supply company owner Tracy Richardson Brown, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Four wins to the Final Four Chicago Tribune Severe storms hit San Antonio San Antonio Express-News Ramblers leave campus to head to the Final Four Chicago Tribune LaMarcus Aldridge Leaves Spurs' Game at … [Read more...] about Woman, 63, gets nearly 3 years in $3.2M Medicare fraud
Starting April 1, 2018, the government will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare coverage. The big change? No more Social Security numbers on Medicare cards. Over the next year, federal government agencies will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and will mail each Medicare customer in America a new card to help fight identity theft. Cardholders will receive a new Medicare ID — a combination of letters and numbers — that’s unique to them, and it will only be used for Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change coverage or benefits. Seniors who receive Medicare will get more information when their new card is mailed. Here’s how to prepare: Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security online at http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount or call 1-800-772-1213. For TTY call 1-800-325-0778. Beware of scam artists and anyone who contacts you or the senior in … [Read more...] about Starting April 1, new Medicare cards start arriving by mail; Social Security numbers will be gone
Mark Zobrosky, who suffers from chronic back pain, yet his Medicare won’t cover his opioid prescription costs anymore, at home in Kernersville, N.C., March 18, 2018. Zobrosky’s medication regimen is strictly monitored at home. He submits to random urine tests and brings his pills to his doctor to be counted. (Eamon Queeney/The New York Times) Medicare officials thought they had finally figured out how to do their part to fix the troubling problem of opioids being overprescribed to the old and disabled: In 2016, a staggering 1 in 3 of 43.6 million beneficiaries of the federal health insurance program had been prescribed the painkillers. Medicare, they decided, would now refuse to pay for long-term, high-dose prescriptions; a rule to that effect is expected to be approved on April 2. Some medical experts have praised the regulation as a check on addiction. But the proposal has also drawn a broad and clamorous blowback from many people who would be directly … [Read more...] about As Medicare cracks down on opiods, doctors worry patients will suffer
Officials are close to limiting doses of the painkillers, but doctors say doing so could put older patients into withdrawal or lead them to buy deadly street drugs. By JAN HOFFMANMARCH 27, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Medicare officials thought they had finally figured out how to do their part to fix the troubling problem of opioids being overprescribed to the old and disabled: In 2016, a staggering one in three of 43.6 million beneficiaries of the federal health insurance program had been prescribed the painkillers.Medicare, they decided, would now refuse to pay for long-term, high-dose prescriptions; a rule to that effect is expected to be approved on April 2. Some medical experts have praised the regulation as a check on addiction.But the proposal has also drawn a broad and clamorous blowback from many people who would be directly affected by it, including patients with chronic pain, primary care doctors and experts … [Read more...] about Medicare Is Cracking Down on Opioids. Doctors Fear Pain Patients Will Suffer.
Health & Family Social Security: Facts you should know about enrolling in Medicare parts A & B By NICOLE TIGGEMANN Tribune News Service LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story March 26, 2018 04:00 AM Understanding Medicare isn't as difficult as you might think. It's a benefit most working Americans can count on. Here are some facts you might not know about the program. Can I still get Medicare at 65? Yes, you're still eligible for Medicare starting at 65, no matter what year you were born. If you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years, you're eligible for Part A (hospital insurance) at age 65 for free. Part A helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility following a hospital stay. It also pays for some home health care and hospice care. You're also eligible for Part B (medical insurance) if you choose to get it and pay a monthly premium. Part B helps pay for … [Read more...] about Social Security: Facts you should know about enrolling in Medicare parts A & B