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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:51 PM

Dialysis company DaVita accused of giant Medicare fraud

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/30/health/medicare-fraud-case/index.html

Dialysis company accused of giant Medicare fraud
By Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin,

...Dr. Alon Vainer, a medical director at dialysis clinics in Georgia, was discussing clinic procedures with one of the nurses, Daniel Barbir. The two men say they saw something they believed was very wrong: expensive medicine, and lots of it, was being tossed in the trash. And the clinic workers were being told to do it, the two men say...

The alleged waste was being carried out on a massive scale and, the nurse and the doctor said, they knew why almost immediately. They claim it was a way for their company, DaVita Inc., to defraud the government, overbill Medicare and Medicaid and make a fortune...

DaVita has grown in the past couple of years and now runs roughly 2,000 dialysis clinics across the country, which has added up to a $7 billion business. The dialysis empire is run by CEO Kent Thiry, who dresses like one of the Three Musketeers, has adopted a company slogan of 'One for all and all for one' and in company staff meetings leads his employees, who he calls villagers, in cheers of "DaVita!"

Thiry is reportedly paid an estimated $15 million a year, according to the Wall Street Journal, which has called him the best compensated CEO in Colorado.

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jsr Nov 2012 OP
BlueToTheBone Nov 2012 #1
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patrice Nov 2012 #3
burnsei sensei Nov 2012 #4
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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:05 PM

1. K&R

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:11 PM

2. $17M for CEO who is a dead ringer for Gelardi (Kroehner slimeball) on Six Feet Under

Gelardi


Thiry

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:13 PM

3. KICK

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:26 PM

4. Medicine for profit = capitalism without principle.

Both = corruption.
Compounding pharmacy, meningitis epidemic this summer & fall.
Now this. I reallly wonder what's next.

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:28 PM

5. Medicare is our money

and these people are tossing out the tax dollars we pay.

They might have learned something from HCA.

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:12 PM

6. Anybody believe that the Dr. and the nurse did this out of

the goodness of their hearts? Prolly not so much...

Medicare has a reward for whistle blowers...IIRC the reward is 20% of the amount defrauded...or, in this case, millions of dollars..

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