(Video) Ad hits Rick Scott on Medicare Fraud, counterattack ties McCollum to Jim Greer

The first real “boom goes the dynamite!” moment of the 2010 Florida political season has happened, and it hits Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott where it hurts. As the folks at Naked Politics describe it:

This one’s from Bill McCollum’s election committee, Florida First. It’s pretty devastating, ending with footage of Scott running away from news cameras and a Tea Party guy shouting about a deposition. Then there’s the click of handcuffs that form the ‘C’ and ‘O’ in Scott’s name.

Ouch. Watch:

Scott has continued to refuse to answer questions about the latest Medicare fraud related allegations regarding Solantic, the chain of clinics he co-founded, which have now been forwarded to federal investigators.

Meanwhile, Scott attempts to give as good as he gets in a new ad that lashes McCollum to indicted ex-Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer …

On the Greer front, Gov. Charlie Crist has now returned $10,000 donated by his former, hand-picked party chairman, who wrote to the governor appealing for cash to fund his defense. Other Florida Republicans are racing to send back Greer money, too, to try and escape the taint of his legal troubles.

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3 Responses to (Video) Ad hits Rick Scott on Medicare Fraud, counterattack ties McCollum to Jim Greer

  1. Blatant Bribes says:

    The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION Whiffed pitch No. 6: blatant stereotyping. By Mark Athitakis April 1, 2003 (Business 2.0)– GRAND PRIZE WINNER, DUMBEST MOMENT OF 2002 In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted neighborhoods in New York City and gives away coupons for free chickens as an incentive for the underprivileged to switch their Medicare coverage. New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION –

    2009 2010
    Philadelphia PA Mayor Nutter received two years in a row $60,000 in checks to help keep open and operate the city swimming polls. These checks came from AmeriChoice Health and on the surface seems like fine gifts. Yet,they are Bribes non the less, these checks come from a company who receives all its money from the Federal State Governments as a vendor for Medicare Medicaid services is not allowed to offer bribes inducements,kickbacks and money gifts of any kind in order to promote its share of the market place. This is also not allowed as a use of your taxpayers dollars, yes it happens. Americhoice Health has a long history of corruption Yet,it seems to be protected by those who are responsible to over see their actions why is that? Sorry must apologize just received a notice that AmeriChoice Health was under the impression they thought they were suppose to have started their very own stimulus and economic program package and the one they implemented, they had no idea it violated the Stark,Health and Kickbacks laws.

    Among its provisions, the anti-kickback statute penalizes anyone who knowingly and willfully solicits, receives, offers or pays remuneration in cash or in kind to induce, or in return for: A. Referring an individual to a person for the furnishing, or arranging for the furnishing, of any item or service payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program; or B. Purchasing, leasing or ordering , or arranging for or recommending purchasing, leasing or ordering, any goods, facility, service or item payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program. Violators are subject to criminal penalties, or exclusion from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid rograms, or both. A violation of the anti-kickback law is a felony offense that carries criminal fines of up to $25,000 per violation, imprisonment for up to five years and exclusion from government health care programs.The federal anti-kickback statute, 42 U.S.C.§ 1320a-7b(b), prohibits individuals or entities from knowingly and willfully offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid or any other federally funded program.

    Since all Ameri-Choice checks come from the United Health’s home office they should be held equally responsible for any bribes, kickbacks, Stark, Fraud and inducements violations that may have occured. Federal and State Governments have developed such a depended position with this company, guess the laws and rules no longer apply for them. Protected vendor status sure, politics sure, limited government budgets sure, Federal and State officals looking the other way sure, and rather then stop these activities a strong desire not to rock the boat exists. The Government created this monster and now they don’t know what to do about it, like shooting yourself in your own foot etc. Tons of money to advance their national growth, its market positions, tons of money for political donations, tons of money to send 75 millon back to its home office from New York state alone, tons of money to suppot National TV shows, tons of money to pay hugh State fines, tons of money to hire the very best law firms, tons of money for hugh salarys and bonuses, all done on the back of the American taxpayor, you see this company receives all its money from the Federal State governments.

    PS In New Jersey Licensed Agents were fired for refusal.

  2. Medicaid Madness says:

    Paragraph internet articles captured and merged into the power of a single thought that could tell a story. AmeriChoice Launches National Support Initiative for Community . Joins initiatives in more than 300 locations nationwide to recognize and support the work of Community Health Centers to provide health care to the …
    AmeriChoice of New Jersey is sponsoring or participating in 22 events at community health centers, in support of National Health Center Week, August 9-15, led by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). “As a partner with the New Jersey Department of Human Services in Medicaid, Personal Care Plus and NJ Family Care, we are committed to improving access to quality, affordable health care for the most vulnerable populations in America,” said John Kirchner, AmeriChoice of New Jersey president. Community Health Centers serve 18 million people at more than 7,000 sites nationwide, providing quality health care, supported by AmeriChoice corporate parent, UnitedHealth Group. About AmeriChoice of New Jersey, AmeriChoice of New Jersey serves approx. 275,610 Medicaid and NJ Familycare members in the state. The health plan is a unit of AmeriChoice, the public sector health care business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). UnitedHealth Group is a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. AmeriChoice serves 2.6 million people in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. CEO of AmeriChoice Health Bolts. John J. Kirchner – Director, Operations John Kirchner joined Healthfirst in May 2010 with over 25 years experience in health care management. Mr. Kirchner’s background includes responsibility for health plan P&L, strategic planning and operations, and government and regulatory affairs. Mr. Kirchner will be responsible for supporting all aspects of NJ health plan operations. Prior to joining Healthfirst, Mr. Kirchner held a variety of positions at AmeriChoice of New Jersey serving as President from 2007 through 2009. Judical decision, It’s true there is email thanking AmeriChoice health for their $25,000 cash gift and requesting much larger amounts for the pending year etc. from Community Health Center located in Bridgeton N.J.etc. It’s also true a licensed Health agents was fired for his refusal to deliver these checks. It’s true this behavior violates all the laws concerning bribes, kickbacks,fraud and Stark laws. It’s true this taint’s all the business then received from Community health center to AmeriChoice Health Company and then submitted to Mediciad and should be then held accountable and subject to all violations. Among its provisions, the anti-kickback statute penalizes anyone who knowingly and willfully solicits, receives, offers or pays remuneration in cash or in kind to induce, or in return for: A. Referring an individual to a person for the furnishing, or arranging for the furnishing, of any item or service payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program; or B. Purchasing, leasing or ordering , or arranging for or recommending purchasing, leasing or ordering, any goods, facility, service or item payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program. Violators are subject to criminal penalties, or exclusion from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, or both. A violation of the anti-kickback law is a felony offense that carries criminal fines of up to $25,000 per violation, imprisonment for up to five years and exclusion from government health care programs. The federal anti-kickback statute, 42 U.S.C.§ 1320a-7b(b), prohibits individuals or entities from knowingly and willfully offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid or any other federally funded program. For purposes of the anti-kickback statute,remuneration means or includes the transfer of anything of value, directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in cash or in-kind. ps Wonder how many other cash checks were disbursed to community centers by AmeriChoice Health guess only the Shadow knows the DOJ certainly does not. Don’t you just love the words partner, collaborate, team player and yes, these words should be made trigger words for someone or something getting screwed.

  3. Show me the money says:

    By Wayne Barrett Tuesday, Jul 3 2001

    Most of Bill Thompson’s “financial consulting” clients are not revealed on his Board of Ed disclosure forms. The most disturbing one that Thompson did list, however, was Managed Healthcare Systems Inc., where he earned a total of $65,000 in 1997 and 1998, according to his tax returns. A black-owned HMO whose principals worked at the highest levels of the Reagan administration, the company is shrouded in scandal.Last year, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer forced the MHS, which specializes in recruiting Medicaid recipients for its HMO, to repay the state $2 million for Medicaid services that patients never received. Spitzer also put Jean Moise Millien, the director of an MHS clinic, in jail for up to three years after he pled guilty to stealing $275,000 from Medicaid. Spitzer’s press release revealed that MHS knew for years that Millien’s clinic, Stuyvesant Heights Medical Group, was largely run by “unsupervised physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners”and that patients “were consistently complaining that they were having difficulty getting services.”Yet,said Spitzer,the comapny failed to take corrective action or properly oversee its subcontractor.MHS portrayed itself as a victim of the clinic when they settled with Spitzer.

    The State Health Department also revoked Millien’s physician’s assistant license in November 2000, finding that he’d run the clinic since 1991—four years before the MHS contract began—without on-site supervision by a licensed M.D. The Department also found that the clinic corporation had been dissolved by state officials for tax delinquency reasons in 1994 and that Millien had a prior criminal record. Spitzer said a doctor from Pennsylvania came to the clinic once a week “to sign charts” for a while, but “eventually stopped coming altogether.” An MHS affiliate left a similar trail of complaints in Pennsylvania—where it became the subject of Philadelphia Inquirer exposés in 1996 and 1997, before and during Thompson’s employment. According to one study, it was three times as likely to refuse to pay for days of hospital care as the state’s next most stingy HMO. The “focus of six special state and federal audits” and a onetime target of a Pennsylvania grand jury,according to the Inquire the company took a reported $119 million in profits
    and executive bonuses from its Pennsylvania Medicaid work alone in the early ’90s, making it the “most profitable HMO” in the state.

    Anthony Welters, the principal owner of AmeriChoice, the Virginia-based parent of MHS, was a top Reagan transportation official, gave $20,000 to Pennsylvania GOP governor Tom Ridge, and has given over $56,000 in recent years to Republican candidates and committees across the country. Clarence Thomas is the godfather of one of his children. Thelma Duggin, another top executive, worked in the Reagan White House and at the Republican National Committee under Lee Atwater, the engineer of the Willie Horton campaign. Thompson said he’d known Welters and Duggin since 1992, when they started trying to do business in Brooklyn, and that he “bumped into Tony” in 1997 and Welters offered him a consulting job that started that June. Charged with “reaching out and helping them obtain business,” Thompson said he “spoke to community organizations.” Though he says he “never visited an MHS clinic”—including the Stuyvesant Heights one near his home—he insists that MHS is “a good company.” While Thompson’s tax returns indicate that AmeriChoice paid him $35,000 in 1998, his disclosure forms report no income from the company.Thompson is quick to point out that he wasn’t the only prominent Brooklyn Democrat to wind up on the MHS payroll. Assemblyman Al Vann was hired, as was DeCosta Headley, a Democratic district leader, Ed Miller, a campaign aide of Congressman Ed Towns, and Chris Owens, the son of Congressman Major Owens.

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