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Husband's investments entangle Feinstein (Latest flap over Medicare payment denials)
Sab Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/19/07 | David Whitney

Posted on 06/04/2007 7:00:59 PM PDT by Libloather

Husband's investments entangle Feinstein
LATEST FLAP OVER MEDICARE PAYMENT DENIALS
By David Whitney
McClatchy Newspapers
Article Launched: 05/19/2007 01:36:54 AM PDT

WASHINGTON - California lawmakers are questioning whether an auditing company in which San Francisco investor Richard Blum, the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has a major financial stake is rejecting Medicare claims at California rehabilitation hospitals in order to reap millions of dollars in profits at the expense of patient care.

The company, PRG-Schultz International, has a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the overseer of the Medicare program, to check payments in California for mistakes. Its only pay is a bounty of up to 30 percent on the "overcharges" it identifies.

The California Hospital Association first raised concerns in November that PRG-Schultz was targeting rehabilitation hospitals that cared for Medicare patients after knee or hip replacement surgery. The hospital association said PRG-Schultz has reviewed thousands of cases dating as far back as 2002 and has rejected nearly all as medically unnecessary.

Melinda Staveley, president of the 38-bed Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara, said more than 100 such cases from her non-profit institution had been rejected. The facility could face having to repay more than $2 million.

Elderly patients

As difficult as that would be financially for a small hospital with a $12 million annual budget, she said the bigger concern is future patient care. The frail and elderly surgery patients with compound medical problems no longer will have access to rehabilitation hospitals and will have to rely on home or outpatient services.

"This is devastating," Staveley said of the audits.

Her husband's business interests in PRG-Schultz have proved awkward for Feinstein, the state's Democratic senior senator, as the hospital association turns to Congress for relief.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; difi; fatcatliberals; feinstein; husband; looksgoodinstripes; medicare; perp; prgschultz; ratcrime; richardblum

Dianne should look good in stripes...
1 posted on 06/04/2007 7:01:02 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I don’t know about the ‘looking good’ part...but she should be in stripes. Maybe she could make the new license plate I have been hankering for.


2 posted on 06/04/2007 7:07:34 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Libloather
Well, somebody had to cough up when they bought their new mansion with a view in San Francisco.


3 posted on 06/04/2007 7:18:37 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Libloather

I know Melinda Staveley personally, as her grand-daughter and my daughter played soccer on the same team last year. If she says that these cases were rejected unreasonably I believe her. Just thought the Freepers would like to know. If it puts Feinswein’s hub in jail for his crimes, so much the better.


4 posted on 06/04/2007 7:21:48 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: Libloather

I know Melinda Staveley personally, as her grand-daughter and my daughter played soccer on the same team last year. If she says that these cases were rejected unreasonably I believe her. Just thought the Freepers would like to know. If it puts Feinswein’s hub in jail for his crimes, so much the better.


5 posted on 06/04/2007 7:22:00 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: Libloather

I'm gonna bring my checkbook on the day that the DOJ auctions off this little bungalow.I figure I should be able to get it for about $100K and fit about fifty Section 8 recipients in it.

6 posted on 06/04/2007 7:33:05 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Libloather

Oh dear, they need that money for their new house.


7 posted on 06/04/2007 7:33:40 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: Libloather

That 30% bounty seems like an insurmountable conflict of interest for any firm. Who monitors the monitors?


8 posted on 06/04/2007 7:35:32 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Thompson in 2008 - there is no doubt about it! [GWB has jumped the duck])
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To: Libloather

Democrat culture of corruption BUMP.


9 posted on 06/04/2007 7:37:21 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Cicero

Now, now, I remember when she bought that house. She said they needed it for the children and that at their other place there were people out front smoking and stuff.


10 posted on 06/04/2007 7:41:20 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Cicero
The entire San Francisco contingent of holier-than-thou democrat party crooks is as dirty as they come. Feinslime built her mansion with money literally stolen from the sick, disabled, and defenseless.


11 posted on 06/04/2007 7:44:18 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: Cicero
The entire San Francisco contingent of holier-than-thou democrat party crooks is as dirty as they come. Feinslime built her mansion with money literally stolen from the sick, disabled, and defenseless.


12 posted on 06/04/2007 7:44:26 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: FormerACLUmember
Feinslime built her mansion with money literally stolen from the sick, disabled, and defenseless.

She can always go on Air America and plead her case on a radio network that was built with money literally stolen from orphans and Alzheimer's patients.

-PJ

13 posted on 06/04/2007 7:56:53 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Ouch! You just nailed that sactimonious fat fraud. Hard!


14 posted on 06/04/2007 7:58:38 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: Libloather

It’s no big deal, she’s a liberal Democrat. I’m sure she did it for the kids. :)


15 posted on 06/04/2007 8:04:27 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Libloather
The frail and elderly surgery patients with compound medical problems no longer will have access to rehabilitation hospitals and will have to rely on home or outpatient services. /i

B@stards! Stripes? I'd like to see them in the town square in stocks. Today has not been a very uplifting day for news.

16 posted on 06/04/2007 8:17:49 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Head Caterer for the FIRM)
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To: Libloather

Yes, insurance intermediaries are there in the Temple changing money and ripping people off ... with Mr. Feinstein there at the front table. Who knew???


17 posted on 06/04/2007 8:42:50 PM PDT by dodger
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To: Cicero

I wonder if that mansion has one of those big sub zero freezers?


18 posted on 06/04/2007 10:42:54 PM PDT by pterional
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To: P-40
This should be an example in the dictionary under media bias. How this broad can be as corrupt as she is, and suffer no harm from it, is beyond me.

Is any other outlet carrying this story? I had to hear Savage to get the one about all her plum, er Blum, contract work done for DOD.

19 posted on 06/04/2007 11:22:11 PM PDT by CT (Watch how many puff pieces the media do on Hillary before she melts.)
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To: Libloather
How many millions has this corrupt party made on the backs of the poor and sick. How many people has the left killed because of there greed and legislation.
20 posted on 06/04/2007 11:26:45 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: Libloather

they love taxes because they own tax rakes and they’re rakin’ it in baby.


21 posted on 06/05/2007 5:05:24 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Libloather
I bill Medicare and Medicaid for services in our skilled nursing facility. I had no idea that there were auditing companies that get a fee for claims they overturn. I wonder who came up with this brilliant idea? If that happened to us, we'd probably have to close our doors. We are a small, rural 60-bed facility - I can't imagine what would happen to our residents. This is downright scary!

Carolyn

22 posted on 06/05/2007 5:19:54 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: CT
How this broad can be as corrupt as she is, and suffer no harm from it

I think she has too many names that she could take down with her if she ever got in trouble. I also think that is what got Cunningham in trouble. He looked around and saw everyone else at the trough and thought it would be okay to take a bit also...but he did not have the high-powered co-conspirators to do so and not get caught.
23 posted on 06/05/2007 5:24:05 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: pterional
I wonder if that mansion has one of those big sub zero freezers?

Of course. Nothing else will do. Probably the kind that is built into the wall with a wooden panel on the front to match the decor.

Two to one there's a jacuzzi somewhere as well, with tile steps leading up to it.

24 posted on 06/05/2007 7:32:02 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Feinslime built her mansion with money literally stolen from the sick, disabled, and defenseless.

This boondoggle can be laid to rest at the feet of the Socialized Medicine, which, it is now apparent, is paying 30% commission to audit its programs.

Aren't those rates comparable to loan sharks ?

25 posted on 06/05/2007 9:20:55 AM PDT by happygrl (Dunderhead for HONOR)
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To: Libloather

Feinstein would look good in stripes—along with the Clintons, Reid, Murtha, Pelosi, Jefferson ...


26 posted on 06/08/2007 5:04:47 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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