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Medicare Smash and Grab

12/17/2012 02:27 pm ET | Updated Feb 16, 2013

With the sweeping health care reforms of coverage for all Americans, millions of senior citizens should receive qualitative care, and that's the bottom line. My concerns are the financial abuses of Medicare by health care professionals.

On Daily Cloudt, my post "Medicare Smash and Grab" spoke on eldercare mistreatment and unnecessary medical billing of a loved one admitted at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. On March 1, 2012, The New York Times reported that Beth Israel had to pay $13 million for inflating Medicare fees. On July 11, 2012, Representative Katherine Hochul introduced a bill -- HR6103, the "Stop Medicare Fraud Act of 2012" -- to the 112th Congress. This bill amends Title XI of the Social Security Act to increase fines and penalties for Medicare fraud and augments Medicare fraud enforcement activities, such as the Health Care Fraud and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) program. The bill has moved to a vote by the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. If you are concerned about the accountability and regulated practices of the new healthcare law, I urge you to reach out to congress members out by e-mail at congress.org to support the HR6103 Stop Medicare Fraud Act f 2012.