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Phantom pharmacy - A growing health care fraud
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Like a nasty bug, a new fraud is spreading through the health care system. Criminal enterprises posing as pharmacies are billing Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers for fake prescriptions and bilking health care out of millions of dollars, federal officials say.
Here's how the scheme typically works, according to experts:
Criminals use a legitimate address to establish a fake pharmacy business -- which is essentially a shell operation.
Then, using stolen or otherwise-misgotten doctor ID and patient insurance ID numbers, scammers write fraudulent prescriptions for expensive drugs that were never actually prescribed or dispensed.
Next, they submit these fake prescriptions for reimbursement to insurers, Medicare or Medicaid -- for hefty returns. In a single claim, a fake pharmacy can make anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000, said Richmond, who's been investigating phantom pharmacy schemes in Florida for two years.
This article deals with a pharmacy scam...but I suppose it could extent to other healthcare services. Perhaps THIS Metro care set-up is one of these?
originally posted by: pirhanna
a reply to: kosmicjack
One thing I can say for sure is that you dont recover from "pneumonia" that made you collapse in a couple hours time, and then say "i feel great!" as you make contact with a young child and frollick off stage left.
I dont think the primary function of that 4th floor mega-whatever is chelseas apartment though it could be a dual function facility - living quarters and private medical facility. Plenty of room for both. Its way too coincidental that the space was bought from a medical facility imo. (In 2015 according to an ats member phone call if i recall correctly from the other thread)
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: IAMTAT
My guess would be its not Chelsea's address and they lied to cover up the fact she needed medical assistance. It is probably why they locked down media from following along when her motorcade left.
originally posted by: MotherMayEye
a reply to: Indigo5
Indigo, you provided invaluable objective research in the Scalia thread. Please do read through this with your open mind.
I think you are objective enough to contribute. But you need to read through all of it, because there is a retraction and then a retraction of the retraction from the OP.
There are curious questions about whether Hillary was taken somewhere equipped to care for a possible serious emergency or not...regardless of the precise business associated with the address.
And, as another poster pointed out, delivery of medical equipment to Metrocare (FamilyAide) would not raise suspicion.
Plus they would not need to fake a medical facility to gather medical equipment..
And if they did need to fake a medical facility, they would not choose one that is centered on assisting Mentally Disabled children at home...It would kind of make it hard to fake a need for an MRI or Cardiac Monitor..