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Social Security Administration

Medicare letter

I noticed yesterday that my father in law who is a retired civil servant received a letter from Medicare saying "this is not a bill" but showing a billing for Medicare premium. He is eligible for Medicare through his deceased spouse's account since she was insured for Social Security purposes. His Medicare premium is deducted from his Civil Service retirement check. It is not necessary to send him this letter monthly.... more »

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Social Security Administration

Stop Medicare Variable SMI provision, Save $1.47 BILLION a year

Currently there are 36.428 million people receiving SSA benefits and approximately the same amount of people receiving Medicare part B benefits over age 65.

My idea is to eliminate Section 1839(f) of the Social Security Act which allows for Variable SMI.

Doing this would save the government (a low-end estimate) $1.470 BILLION dollars a year.

(Not counting the disability beneficiaries that have part B Medicare)... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services - IMB

lower medicare costs via new requirements for lab testing

My experience with my mother's interaction with doctors while on Medicare is that she would go in, talk to the doctor briefly, and then get labs prescribed, with many tests. Then, she would return two weeks later to go over the test results. The same things happens with my private insurance doctor -- I get a physical, he prescribes labs, and then I get the results, AFTER the physical. If I need to discuss the results,... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Require 90 day review for 1st time Medicare/Medicaid Providers

Billions of dollars in fraud are committed by "Strip mall" and other clinics that are established, take in patients, then pad billing statements. Congress, thinking it was doing a good thing years ago, mandated providers be paid within 30 days. The law of unintended consequences meant that criminals set up shop, did millions and millions in false billings, and then ran off before they were investigated and arrested.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Billions in savings

Repeal Medicare Part D.The new program was never meant to be a subsidy to the pharmacutical companies but this is what it has become. The program was implemented with no intenition of funding it so it comes out of the general revenue. It is evident we can no longer afford it.

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Legislative Branch

Provide Medicaid/Medicare reimb. to Certified Nurse Practioners

Certified Nurse Practioners should be reimbursed by the federal government for providing medicaid/medicare services.

With a limited scope of practice, lower cost, far lower instances of mistakes, prevention-based care model, Certified Nurse Practioners (CNPs) should be reimbursed. This would lead to significant savings in an area that will only become more expensive as the population ages.

Certified Nurse Midwives,... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Replace Medicaid/Medicare Paper Cards w/Plastic

If ordered in large volumes to replace existing cards and new cards, the paper to plastic migration would only be separated by pennies due the the millions being ordered.

The next generation card would last longer, and your parents and/or grand parents would not have to laminate them!

Newer security features could be incorporated to prevent replication (which can be achieved quite easily with the current paper card),... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Eliminate Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Medicare and Social Security

Many audits and investigations over the years have identified billions of dollars of waste and fraud in Medicare and Social Security. Mobilize the Lean/Six sigma Black Belts and other CPI professionals throughout the federal govt to eliminate root causes of fraud and waste in these programs in lieu of just talking about it all the time. Savings from fixiing these programs could fund improvements in education or orther... more »

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Legislative Branch

Use assets to cover liabilities.

The federal government is bankrupt. The assets of the federal government should be used to cover its liabilities. All federal land from land management agencies within the Department of Agriculture and Department of Interior should be turned over to the states to fund the Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid liabilities. Have the states form a committee that will use the land and the income it creates to fund reorganized... more »

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Department of Commerce

Medicare/Medicad cost awareness leads to savings

I suggest sending a copy of the Medicare/Medicaid bill to each recipient, either monthly or per incident. The benefits are in three areas:

- greater support for the program because recipients would be aware of their benefits

- cost containment: recipients are more likely to manage costs, avoid unnecessary and costly procedures and react to overcharges and outright fraud if they are aware of the ongoing expenses

- fraud... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

A Way to Stop Medicare Fraud:

THE PROBLEM: An estimated 20% of all Medicare claims are fraudulent. That’s $60 to $80 Billion annually. THE SOLUTION: Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), banks and other financial institutions are required to report suspicious financial activity and large cash transactions to the Treasury Department. This data helps law enforcement go after financial criminals. This data is an under-utilized tool that should be used... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Enact Confict of Interest Laws for Medical Practioners

Federal employees are barred from investing in stocks, etc. where they have even the appearance of a conflict. Congress should enact similar laws for medical practitioners. They should be barred (legally) from accepting benefits from Pharmaceutical companies that may influence their prescribing practices. Many physicians are likely to prescribe high cost new drugs because of compensation from the drug industry. The high... more »

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