Fraudulent Fraud Finders

Here is some reassuring news.  Contractors paid by the government to detect fraudulent Medicare claims  used inaccurate data.   The Department of Health and Human Services cited repeated problems and systemic failures by federal health officials to supervise these contractors who were paid tens of millions of dollars.   In summary, the fraud finders were actually defrauding the public as well.  What’s next?  The government will hire some contractors to examine the contractors who were hired to examine the Medicare data?   It could keep going like an M.C. Escher painting.
Once again the common theme is “inaccurate data” and yet we move full speed ahead with quality initiatives that are unproven and quite possibly fraudulent.   These same contractors will be in charge of interpreting other data used to see which doctors are supposedly good or bad.  Still not buying it.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Fraudulent Fraud Finders

  1. James Biggerstaff
    November 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    How true!!!
    Government “quality initiatives” are an oxymoron.

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