Medicare Fraud

The CBS television show 60 minutes reports that criminals steal around 60 billion dollars from the Federal coffers each year. The method is simple. Hire or bribe a pharmacist or medical supply company with a legitimate medical practice license, buy or steal a list of medicare patients, including their name, address, date of birth, and social security number (available for $10 a head), fill out a form, send it to Medicare. Medicare pays all bills within a month. Tony defrauded the Federal Government of 29 million dollars. Watch the interview:

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A lawyer explains the magnitude of the problem:

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The Federal Government has set up a site, STOP MEDICARE FRAUD to deal with the problem. The Republican party has focused its medical reform efforts on reducing Medicare fraud.

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Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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