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Medicare Advantage Money Grab Fraud and billing mistakes cost Medicare — and taxpayers — tens of billions last year

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Congressional auditor said federal health officials need to crack down on billing errors by insurers

By Fred Schulte

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Federal health officials made more than $16 billion in improper payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans last year and need to crack down on billing errors by the insurers, a top congressional auditor testified Wednesday.

James Cosgrove, who directs health care reviews for the Government Accountability Office, told the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee that the Medicare Advantage improper payment rate was 10 percent in 2016, which comes to $16.2 billion.

Adding in the overpayments for standard Medicare programs, the tally for last year approaches $60 billion — which is almost twice as much as the National Institutes of Health spends on medical research each year.

“Fundamental changes are necessary” to improve how the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ferrets out billing mistakes and recoups overpayments from health insurers, he said.

Medicare serves about 56 million people, both those 65 and older and disabled people of any age. About 19 million have chosen to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans as an alternative to standard Medicare.

Federal officials predict the Medicare Advantage option will grow further as massive numbers of baby boomers retire in coming years.

Standard Medicare has a similar problem making accurate payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, according to statistics presented at the hearing. Standard Medicare’s payment error rate was cited at 11 percent, or $41 billion for 2016.

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the arrest of 412 people, some 100 doctors among them, in a scattershot of health care fraud schemes that allegedly ripped off the government for about $1.3 billion, mostly from Medicare.

CMS official Jonathan Morse said that the “largest contributors” to billing mistakes in standard Medicare were claims from home health care and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

Some lawmakers appeared frustrated that CMS cannot say for sure how much of the “improper payments” in both Medicare options are caused by fraud. The agency uses the term broadly to cover billing fraud, waste and abuse, as well as simply overcharges and underpayments.

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Breaking NEWS: Vaccine rights attorney attacked by State Bar agency in classic ‘witch hunt’

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1. Please sign one of these petitions:

(a) Petition for Attorneys:
https://www.change.org/p/investigate-the-nc-bar

(b) Petition for Non-Attorneys:
https://www.change.org/p/no-attorney-is-above-the-law

NaturalHealth365) The North Carolina State Bar clearly is on a ‘witch hunt’ by initiating a lawsuit against the nation’s leading vaccine rights attorney, Alan Phillips. What’s their intent? Mr. Phillips is required to hand over years of (confidential) client files or risk being jailed for civil contempt. Every lawyer (and civil rights advocate) should be outraged by this action.

Alan has been the only attorney in the United States focused solely on issues surrounding vaccine exemptions and vaccine legislative activism. He has been an advocate for parental rights and medical freedom. But, as you’ll soon see, this ability to freely choose which medical treatments to accept or deny is quickly being destroyed by all those supporting the pharmaceutical industry and its overbearing policies.

Vaccine Rights Action ALERT: Help Alan Phillips, J.D.

The following statement was issued by Alan Phillips as a way to describe what’s happening to him and gives all of us an opportunity to help. Feel free to share this article far and wide.

The North Carolina State Bar, the agency that licenses NC attorneys, has taken the unprecedented step of filing a lawsuit against the nation’s leading vaccine rights attorney, Alan Phillips, J.D., to force Phillips to hand over years of his clients’ files or risk being jailed for civil contempt…

Attorney Phillips is the nation’s leading Vaccine Rights attorney, the only attorney whose practice is focused solely on vaccine exemptions and vaccine legislative activism, and who works with clients, attorneys, legislators and activists nationally in virtually every possible U.S. exemption setting.[1] North Carolina is known as “Vaccine Central” for its award-winning vaccine companies.[2] So, it’s not surprising that the NC State Bar is going after Phillips, with what Phillips claims are invented facts and law in a series of steps that appear to have been designed from the start to disbar Phillips, for helping people legally avoid vaccines.

This is not just a personal attack against Phillips, it’s an attack on the entire vaccine awareness movement, given Phillips’ unique role in helping clients nationally with exemptions and legislative activism!

So, please 1) share this story far and wide, 2) sign the petition linked below, 3) donate to support Phillips’ legal defense fund, and 4) stay tuned for updates to this story! (links below)

BASELESS ATTACK

The NC Bar’s lawsuit and underlying investigation are both unlawful for several reasons, according to Phillips. First, the Bar lacks the legally-required “allegation of misconduct.”

That’s right, they are not even claiming Phillips actually did anything wrong, in which case (or should we say, “witch case”?) there is no legal basis for the investigation or lawsuit!

There is also a blatant conflict of interest, Phillips points out, as he filed a good-faith complaint against State Bar attorneys for their fabrication of facts and law in a February 2017 “Letter of Warning” to Phillips. NC Bar attorneys can’t lawfully investigate Phillips while Phillips has an unresolved complaint open against Bar attorneys; both matters must be addressed by outside, independent people to avoid the obvious conflicts of interest.

But the NC Bar is ignoring that conflict; it is suppressing Phillips’ complaint against Bar attorneys, and aggressively pursuing Phillips. More

TS RADIO Network: TNT Tanya TalkS and James Treat

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Join us this evening August 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm CST!

5;00 pm PST….6:00 pm MST7:00 pm CST8:00 pm EST

→Listen Live HERE ←

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Hosted by Tanya Hathaway

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Please join us tonight on Tanya Hathaway’s “TNT Tanya Talks, where your voice is heard; and your story is told- on Marti Oakley’s TS Radio tonight-August 19th, 7 – 9:30 p.m., central time. If you’re in Oklahoma, you can also tune in to Stuart’s 89.9 FM.

Host, Tanya Hathaway will discuss her own matter and updates with Orders from Oklahoma brought forward to New Hampshire. All Oklahoma orders are based on fraud upon the court including the notorious Judge Miller, who he himself engaged in creating and1 bringing forth false documentation to the appeals court to maintain his place on the bench with glaring conflicts. Miller also grossly abused Tanya violating her ADA rights and forced her to testify while she was incapacitated from a prescription she took after having a panic attack and passing out.

Tulsa District Court’s Special Judge J. Anthony Miller, has numerous complaints against him and still remains in the courthouse, yet rumor has it he is being removed from room #349 and moved to Protective Orders….for now.

To date, it has not changed the fact that orders still stand in Tanya’s and countless other cases before him, that has and continues to shred lives apart.

For more information on the history of Tanya’s ongoing case, please view the articles below that also include some audio recordings of the startling outcome of hearings, abuse, suppression, clear distinguishable bias, and refusal to the case that has no jurisdiction in Oklahoma and so much more.

We will also be catching up with James Treat on the Calvin Oklahoma and his journey to justice amd reform of the town’s malfeasance. James has exposed the alleged misappropriation of town funds that has recently led to state auditors seizing unexpected visit and seizure of record and more including his truck being torched and death threats.

Please see Facebook’s page calvininfo or webpage calvininfo.com for the details!

As you will learn in these matters; blowing the whistle, exposing corruption to induce justice, comes at a cost.

If no one steps forward and stands strong in matters of corruption- then where would we be and how would it affect your world and , your children’s world and the generations to come.

THE CHINA SIN/DROME: Collecting And Storing Personal Information

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Chuck Frank

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Do Americans know that they are being profiled by their telephone company?   Service providers such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile collect data and retain it but are not forthcoming in detailing the kind of data they collect and the reasons why they collect it.  Taking this a bit further, a quick glimpse here shows what smartphone service providers collect and what governments are up to.


In the near future people, depending upon the country they live in and government mandates, persons will not be able to buy or sell without a card or a smartphone that can be scanned at either a store or by using other electronic means that will connect to ones cell phone, their account or their computer.  Paying for anything in cash or by check will become  history and not an option.  This is a necessary evil that governments and corporations will enforce for the “benefit” of the country and the world.  My advice…don’t sell out to this monster which is meant to place every human being on the planet under an all seeing eye that will finally take away every last freedom for the sake of the “good of the whole.”

Taking this further, with service provider tracking, there are incoming and outgoing calls of the phone number that a person uses, plus the numbers that are received from calls and even the duration of the call is placed in a database.  Then there are the incoming and outgoing text messages and the phone numbers a person sends when texting which are being stored as well.  Also, how often emails are checked is still another profiling gesture, plus the the location of the user.

Data retention policies vary among service providers, and certain records are kept longer than others.  For instance, since September 2011, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint all differ when it comes to how long they store any combination of cell tower history records, text message detail, text message content, IP session information, IP destination information, and bill copies. More

Local News Stations Parroting The Same Propaganda Verbatim

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Found at  ShootMeDead

Published on Apr 1, 2018
“Our greatest responsibility is to serve our…” Media overlords! Found the clip, sharing it here. Reminder: “While it is extremely dangerous to our democracy…” the US is actually a Constitutional Republic. Have a nice day.

 

Multiple local news stations say the same thing verbatim

Have you figured out from this video overlay of multiple broadcasts from multiple stations that MSM on any level is a propaganda machine with actors reading from carefully prepared scripts, all saying EXACTLY,. word for word,  the same thing….. FAKE NEWS is streaming live to you in your home from people who want to control what you know and how you know it. 

Dragonfly: Google’s Censoring Program

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Author: Chuck Frank

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     I think that it is generally common knowledge in America that great censorship exists in China and it is becoming ever so prominent since the new leader of China, the X-Man, was voted in for a lifetime term by the National “People’s Congress” who rubber stamped the tyrant and dictator, Xi Jinping.  When it is all said and done, will he receive the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for “Censorship?”

Most recently it is has been noted how Google has been part of an under the radar Chinese censorship machine meant to promote the “Ministry of Truth” and further the bondage’s of a people that is already experiencing a life without true freedom and expression.  Yet, what is so concerning is this;  Even though Facebook, Google, Twitter and Instagram are all banned in China, Google still has three offices in the country.

The online news site, the Intercept stated that Google has been secretly working on a project code-named Dragonfly that will block terms such as human rights and religion, a move sure to anger activists.  While the platform still requires Chinese government approval, Google workers are up in arms over the fact that, unknowingly, they have been working on the Dragonfly project which essentially censors free speech and of the press in the great late communist state of China, ruled by none other than the X-Man.


Thus, Google is not only being viewed as an instrument of vast censorship in America, the company, of all things, is placing even more bondage’s upon a people that have known nothing but bondage’s for centuries and now when the freedom of the internet is there to open the eyes of 1.4 billion people, Google is there to shut the door?

What kind of company would do this?

This is one of the most outrageous acts I have ever seen in my entire life.  I just wonder now what does the Statue of Liberty mean anymore to companies such as Google and Facebook and others who are part of the Silicon Valley cartel?  Will they replace Miss Liberty with a statue of Karl Marx or the X-Man?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45041671

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45216554

TS Radio Network: Whistleblower’s! With guest Caroline Douglas

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