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Senior Scams Everyone Should Avoid

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM / Identity theft, Medical Fraud, Internet & Email Scams

Every year senior citizens are scammed out of billions of dollars. Con artists are creating devious schemes to prey on seniors, destroying their retirement and hard earned wealth. Here are common scams aimed at seniors.

How Healthcare Data Breaches Affect You & What You Can Do About It

POSTED: William PinilisJuly 28, 2015 at 12:57 PM / Data Breach, Medical Fraud

Several healthcare and health insurance companies have reported data breaches in the first half of this year: Anthem, Premara, Carefirst, and, most recently UCLA Health System - a breach that alone affects 4.5 million people. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the medical/healthcare industry...

45 Years for Cancer Doctor Fraud

POSTED: William PinilisJuly 14, 2015 at 12:15 PM / Medical Fraud

On Friday, Farid Fata of Detroit was found guilty and sentenced to 45 years for scamming hundreds of cancer patients. And this isn't even the worst part of the story - because Fata not only bilked tens of millions of dollars from the most vulnerable sick people. He is also guilty of inflicting excessive and...

The FBI's Biggest Medicare Fraud Takedown

POSTED: William PinilisJune 22, 2015 at 12:43 PM / Medical Fraud

You may be wondering why healthcare is so expensive, and why the costs seem to be increasing every year. Here's one reason why: last week, 243 Doctors and Nurses across the country were arrested for Medicare fraud by the FBI. In all, $712 million was billed to Medicare for patient care that was never...

Neurosurgeon Performed Unneeded Surgeries

POSTED: William PinilisJune 18, 2015 at 12:12 PM / Medical Fraud

A Michigan neurosurgeon, Aria Sabit, pleaded guilty in two separate cases of performing unneccesary spinal fusion surgeries on patients, and collecting $11M from private insurance companies. He also claimed that he used medical stabilizing devices or implants, billed insurance companies for these...

Some Hospitals Inflating Cost of Treatment

POSTED: William PinilisJune 9, 2015 at 12:32 PM / Medical Fraud

A new study has found that some hospitals are marking up treatments by up to 1000%. The study also found that the average U.S. hospital also charges uninsured patients three times what Medicare allows. Unsurprisingly, most of the hospitals in the top 50 when it comes to marking up charges are in Florida....

Doctors' Financial Interests May Not Be in Patients' Best Interests

POSTED: William PinilisMay 11, 2015 at 9:44 AM / Medical Fraud

Many doctors form financial alliances with pharmaceutical or medical product companies that some consider a conflict of interest. Critics of these partnerships think that they may influence physicians to recommend certain products or services over what might be best for their patients. This graphic explains...

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