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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:34 AM

Feds to track how private Medicare info gets to marketers

Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog plans to launch a nationwide probe into how telemarketers may be getting hold of seniors’ personal Medicare information, a red flag for potential fraud and waste.

An official with the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office told The Associated Press the audit will be announced next week. It would follow a narrower probe which found that an electronic system designed for pharmacies to verify Medicare coverage was being used for searches that appeared to have nothing to do with filling prescriptions. The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.

The watchdog agency’s decision comes amid a wave of relentlessly efficient telemarketing scams targeting Medicare recipients and involving everything from back braces to DNA cheek swabs.

For years, seniors have been admonished not to give out their Medicare information to people they don’t know. But a report on the initial probe, provided to the AP, details how sensitive details can still get to telemarketers when a Medicare beneficiary thinks he or she is dealing with a trustworthy entity such as a pharmacy or doctor’s office.

Read more: https://apnews.com/dad0e6d4f6b461dc3414843c86aca43f

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Reply Feds to track how private Medicare info gets to marketers (Original post)
usaf-vet Friday OP
Faux pas Friday #1
mpcamb Friday #2
rickyhall Friday #3
CrispyQ Friday #5
Nitram Friday #4
DENVERPOPS Friday #6
LiberalFighter Friday #7
DENVERPOPS Friday #8

Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:58 AM

1. Kickin'

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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 09:02 AM

2. If you really want it stopped put their asses in a court room, instead of revealing

your plan about what you'll do next.
Arrest a few 'industry leaders' and their accountants if you really want results, not headlines on page 4.

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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:22 AM

3. Dump will put a stop to that.

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Response to rickyhall (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 12:29 PM

5. Or he will have them intercept the info & then sell it. -nt

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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:27 AM

4. I'm glad to see this.

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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 12:37 PM

6. Look no further (farther?)

Than Walgreens.

They have been nailed TWICE for selling Rx info from prescriptions (and all other personal info) regardless of HIPA..........

Both times, they got a hand slap fine which was a minuscule amount of what they made in Profits from selling the info.

The CEO even said something like......a few million for a fine vs a billion for the info? Besides the fine is a tax deductible expense for the corporation.........

There is a huge huge marketing push by Walgreens currently. Every other TV and Cable commercial is them trying to lure seniors who are on medicare into getting Rx's filled at Walgreens. Considering the above, they know damn well what they are doing by trying to get the Medicare recipients info...............

United Corporations of America.......coming to a country near you. "by and for the corporations".........Textbook & dictionary definition of FASCISM

WE BE F***ED................

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:09 PM

7. Then maybe companies should not be able to deduct fines.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:27 PM

8. Doesn't matter

The fine was peanuts compared to the money they made both times selling the info..........and still are for all I know.

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