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Medicare getting stiffed by overpaying millions on erection pumps!!

 
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Medicare getting stiffed by overpaying millions on erection pumps!!
More HARD earned taxpayer money pumped down the drain.



A government investigator found that Medicare is paying twice the amount for erection assistance devices compared to private providers.

Investigators said the cost was “grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay,” and that the federal government could have saved $86.4 million dollars over the past six years.

And going forward, “if Medicare reduced payment to the level of non-Medicare payers, the federal government could save about $18 million and Medicare beneficiaries could save about $4.5 million each year,” according to a report by the Health and Human Services Department’s internal watchdog, the Inspector General.

Tom Schatz, the president of Citizens Against Government Waste, said high prices have been a common problem for durable medical equipment like the erection assistance devices.

“Anytime that Medicare pays twice as much for any piece of equipment or any item for which it provides coverage, then taxpayers should be concerned,” he said.

The amount Medicare has been paying for the devices — known as vacuum erection systems (VES), which assist men suffering from impotence — has increased in the six years investigators studied, from $20.6 million in 2006 to $38.6 million in 2011.

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Re: Medicare getting stiffed by overpaying millions on erection pumps!!
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Re: Medicare getting stiffed by overpaying millions on erection pumps!!
More HARD earned taxpayer money pumped down the drain.



A government investigator found that Medicare is paying twice the amount for erection assistance devices compared to private providers.

Investigators said the cost was “grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay,” and that the federal government could have saved $86.4 million dollars over the past six years.

And going forward, “if Medicare reduced payment to the level of non-Medicare payers, the federal government could save about $18 million and Medicare beneficiaries could save about $4.5 million each year,” according to a report by the Health and Human Services Department’s internal watchdog, the Inspector General.

Tom Schatz, the president of Citizens Against Government Waste, said high prices have been a common problem for durable medical equipment like the erection assistance devices.

“Anytime that Medicare pays twice as much for any piece of equipment or any item for which it provides coverage, then taxpayers should be concerned,” he said.

The amount Medicare has been paying for the devices — known as vacuum erection systems (VES), which assist men suffering from impotence — has increased in the six years investigators studied, from $20.6 million in 2006 to $38.6 million in 2011.

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This is as outrageous as paying for people 's birth control, abortions, sex changes, etc. etc. etc.
Impotence should never be the taxpayers' concern.
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Re: Medicare getting stiffed by overpaying millions on erection pumps!!
just the start of it...
I am a fam doc in Ohio. over the last 4 plus months I have been seeing a score of requests for "ankle braces" and "heating pads" faxed to my office requesting me sign for approval of these devices. Companies of which I have never heard send me requests that patients I treat have "requested" these devices. Oddly, Its frequently from companies from FT Lauderdale. FL telling me that a particular patient have requested these devices

We call these patients, and they have no idea what its all about. Just another medicare scam to bill for a "device" that nobody wants or needs.

I pay attention, but I wonder how many other docs just don't pay attention. I have turned 99% of these down.
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Re: Medicare getting stiffed by overpaying millions on erection pumps!!
My math says they could have bought about 1 1/2 million at the porno shop where they go for about 25 bucks.
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Re: Medicare getting stiffed by overpaying millions on erection pumps!!
must be a lot of old farts trying to get the pole to rise for some young hot thing he has convinced himself she is crazy about his body and not his money.
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Re: Medicare getting stiffed by overpaying millions on erection pumps!!
just the start of it...
I am a fam doc in Ohio. over the last 4 plus months I have been seeing a score of requests for "ankle braces" and "heating pads" faxed to my office requesting me sign for approval of these devices. Companies of which I have never heard send me requests that patients I treat have "requested" these devices. Oddly, Its frequently from companies from FT Lauderdale. FL telling me that a particular patient have requested these devices

We call these patients, and they have no idea what its all about. Just another medicare scam to bill for a "device" that nobody wants or needs.

I pay attention, but I wonder how many other docs just don't pay attention. I have turned 99% of these down.
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Thanks for your input. It is just a free for all as far as this goes. I cant imagine ANY company surviving the year being run like Medicare is. Scammer's keep scamming and big bro keeps paying.
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My math says they could have bought about 1 1/2 million at the porno shop where they go for about 25 bucks.
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Sheesh!
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'Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.' - Mark Twain
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Just....so true.





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