Among the investigation’s key findings:Doctors steadily billed Medicare for longer and more complex office visits between 2001 and the end of the decade even though there’s little hard evidence they spent more time with patients or that their patients were sicker and required more complicated — and time-consuming — care. The higher codes for routine office visits alone cost taxpayers an estimated $6.6 billion over the decade.More than 7,500 physicians billed the two top paying codes for three out of four office visits in 2008, a sharp rise from the numbers of doctors who did so at the start of the decade. Officials said such changes in billing can signal overcharges occurring on a broad scale. Medical groups deny that.The most lucrative codes are billed two to three times more often in some cities than in others, costly variations government officials said they could not explain or justify. In some instances, higher billing rates appear to be associated … [Read more...] about Medicare Cracking the Codes: How Doctors and Hospitals Have Collected Billions in Questionable Medicare Fees
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The Letter was accompanied by a separate document from the DOE titled Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students. The document identifies major areas of concern, and provides examples of policies from across the nation (including Wisconsin's Shorewood School District) that are intended to ensure transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment. School districts may wish to utilize these examples in developing policies and procedures for use in their districts. … [Read more...] about The Letter … DOE and DOJ Warn School Districts Regarding Transgender Students
“I can never endorse losing instructional time for our students,” said Pruitt. “ However, I also understand the emotion and passion our teachers have for our profession and trust that while they take part in our democracy, they also take care of our students’ needs.” … [Read more...] about ‘Drastic measures.’ Teachers stay home, districts cancel school after pension vote.
US Vice President Mike Pence has begun a visit to Israel in the latest leg of a Middle East tour which is his first since President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Pence is sure of a warm reception when he addresses the Israeli Parliament later on Monday (Jan 22). Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already praised him as a "great friend of Israel". "I will discuss two issues with him: peace and security. On peace, I have a message for Abu Mazen (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas): There is no alternative for American leadership in the diplomatic process. Whoever is not ready to talk with the Americans about peace, does not want peace," warned Netanyahu . The Palestinians are boycotting Pence over Trump's Jerusalem declaration . Their President Mahmoud Abbas has called it a " slap in the face" and rejected Washington as an honest broker in any future peace talks. Before arriving in Israel Pence had held a tense meeting in Jordan in which King Abdullah … [Read more...] about The Trump administration’s bogus spin that it obtained $2 billion for ‘school safety’
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