Department of Health and Human Services

Stop the waste in healthcare dollars

Twenty-eight (1972-2000) years practicing medicine in the US and eight (2000-2008) in Europe have taught me that we have a much better system than Europe both in terms of quality and proportional waste. Yet, our waste in healthcare is ruining this country. The root of the problem is that healthcare is “free”: once we pay our taxes, Medicare is going to take care of us. This year I will become Medicare eligible. And, although ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Complete Disability Payment Overhaul - Save Money Now!

Currently a disabled Veteran can receive disability benefits from 3 agencies - VA, DOD, and Social Security. Need to overhaul the disability payment systems to ensure that the right amount of payment is provided which is difficult since we have 3 agencies responsible to address the payments for our veterans. Why not only 1 agency - the VA manage all veterans disability payments. This will ensure Veterans receive accurate ...more »

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Save BIG on Medicaid, Medicare, and FEHB Drug Costs

Why are pharmacies labeling medications with their own expiration dates for prescription medications rather than using the expiration dates set by the manufacturer? Not standardizing the expiration dates increases the risk of setting expiration dates that are before or after the manufacturers. I have personally seen many instances where pharmacy's expiration dates are six months to a year BEFORE the manufacturer's expiration ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Medicaid/Medicare, Welfare, SSA dependents

Any dependents over 18 years of age relying on financial assistance & medical necessities from Social Security Administration, Medicare/Medicaid, Welfare agencies shall receive incentives to work, without worrying about penalties/restrictions of any kinds of assistance may impose on them – except for fraud and/or abuses. Do not penalize them for trying to find additional source of income to support their needs/goals. ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Medical savings

A recent news item states that the government will pay half of all Americans' medical costs within the next decade. I work with SSA disability decisions all day. Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and obesity are elements of the majority of disability claims, even those that are denied. It's time to approach these three impairments the way smoking was approached. If the government spends a little money now persuading people ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Medicaid/Food Stamps and good health

I believe that all Medicaid and Food Stamp recipients should be required to attend healthy eating and food preparation seminars and if necessary smoking cessation and weight reduction classes. Too many people are receiving these benefits and wasting our money on preventable conditions related to obesity and smoking.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Mandate Medicade coverage When not Medicaid Eligible

Currently if you are less than 2 years from your entitlement date and under 65 you cannot get into medicare. Some receive too much in benefits (due to contributions from payroll) they are disquailified for Medicaid through the state. The new "high risk pools" require a six month waiting period. This is just long enough to bankrupt middle income households.

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Medicaid payments

There is inappropriate claims made by medical providers taking care of medciad patients.

100% review of supporting documentation all claims (which apparently is still NOT done) will result in reduction of fraud and abuse as well as considerabe lcost savings.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Consolidate Medicaid, Welfare, Food Stamps Offices

Consolidate Medicaid, Food Stamps, TANF, etc offices into the Social Security Agency. Let the Federal Governemtn run the programs and keep the states out of it. Billions a year can be saved by getting rid of state and local offices and by using the federal agency already setup it can be more effeiocioient and more responsive.

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How to Get Affordable Health Care & Save on Medicaid & Medicare

I am a US Public Health Service Commissioned Officer who works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a pharmacist. When inmates come to federal prison, they have the same access to care and receive the same level of care regardless of their status or socio-economic background. Through a collaborative practice agreement with our clinical director, our pharmacists are able to run clinics, such as anticoagulation and diabetes ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Mitigate Health Insurance Fraud by Requiring Photo on ID Card

Widespread medical insurance fraud negatively impacts the price of medical insurance for both federal employers and employees, and taxpayers in general. One of the most pervasive forms of fraud is identity fraud; either with or without the permission of the medical plan holder. Very few health care providers ask for photo ID prior to treatment. There are more or less no controls in place to police this, which creates ...more »

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