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The El Centro Regional Medical Center agreed today (Sept. 20) to pay $2.2 million to settle charges that it defrauded Medicare, according to the U.S. Justice Department. According to the government, the 165-bed acute care hospital fraudulently inflated charges to Medicare patients. The hospital agreed to a Corporate Integrity Agreement binding it to strict future policies and procedures.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 21, 2010 @ 7:56 a.m.

A giant out of control gov program that has been ripped off on a regular basis going back decades-big surprise there.

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Visduh Sept. 21, 2010 @ 9:13 a.m.

Obamacare will guarantee that such charges of abuse proliferate. The government has its plate too full now; rather than having the federal government take on more responsibility in the economy and welfare of the public, it should retrench.

Is there any chance that will happen? It seems unlikely, regardless of the outcome of this fall's elections or the elections of 2012. But we can hope and vote accordingly.

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Don Bauder Sept. 21, 2010 @ 11:20 a.m.

Response to post #1: Policing such scams can be very expensive. The public, though, generally likes Medicare. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 21, 2010 @ 11:25 a.m.

Response to post #2: It depends what sector of society one is talking about. Financial institutions have forfeited their right to expect a hands-off government policy. In fact, top financial executives should have been charged with criminal offenses in the wake of the financial collapse, which was caused by excessive gambling as well as egregious cooking of books, greatly through offshore maneuvers. Much of the private sector has no right to expect less government, as bad as government interference often is. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Sept. 22, 2010 @ 11:09 a.m.

Reply #2 Big Health & Big Medical (Read Hospitals) would LOVE to be given all the Medicare "work".

They have already been shown to be much worse than Medicare at raising rates to benefit themselves while crying poor to their Regulators, just like Anthem Blue Cross is doing right now.

BTW: Another great example is what our Public Utilities are doing "to" the CPUC here in CA...

To fix this mess voters should demand much higher mandated MONITARY penalties and also require jail time for the CEO's of these Companies, if they are caught with any sizable over charging schemes, etc.; that way the CEO's would make sure their companies were squeaky clean.

We cannot afford to allow Mega Rip Off's any longer!

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Don Bauder Sept. 22, 2010 @ 3:05 p.m.

Response to post #6: Agree we can't afford more mega-ripoffs, and agree executives should get jail time. Prediction: they won't. Best, Don Bauder

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Founder Sept. 22, 2010 @ 4:41 p.m.

Reply to #6's Reply to post #6

I could not have said it better myself!

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Don Bauder Sept. 22, 2010 @ 5:43 p.m.

Response to post #7: It really wasn't poetically expressed. Best, Don Bauder

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