Human Rights Concerns with the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015

Human Rights Concerns with the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 Congressional Rep. Tim Murphy (R., PA) originally introduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R.3717) in 2013. Not to be outdone by H.R.6 the 21st Century Cures Act, he has reintroduced it to this year’s Congress as H.R.2646 the Helping Families in […]

21st Century Cures Act

21st Century Cures Act H.R.6, the 21st Century Cures Act, is rushing through Congress now. This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget, and to make some major changes in the NIH, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), […]

Medicare

Medicare Continuing our discussion of psychiatric fraud (see our recent newsletter on Medicaid), we highly recommend an excellent article on Medicare and Medicaid fraud by Chris Parker in the St. Louis Riverfront Times (RFT) (“Thieves’ Bazaar: Hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation’s sweetest crime”, 4/25/2013). Medicare is a federal government health insurance […]

Grassley Pursues Prescription Drug Abuse in Medicaid, Medicare

A recent Press Release from U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican, Iowa) caught our attention (read the March 22, 2012 press release here.) Here are some choice quotes: “The Office of National Drug Control Policy describes prescription drug abuse as the nation’s fastest-growing problem, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug […]

Inspectors ask Congress to regulate psychiatric drugs

Just in time for a holiday treat, we read an encouraging article in The Concordia Concordian (Concordia, Lafayette County, Missouri). This December 7th article reports that the federal government Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General Daniel Levinson proposed to Congress that Medicare force nursing homes to pay for drugs prescribed inapproriately. “Government inspectors told […]

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