When he filed his whistleblower lawsuit, Vladimir Trakhter was not a high-powered executive privy to inside information about former employer Olympia Therapy Inc. He was a physical therapist assistant at the Ohio health care company back in 2008 when he began noticing disturbing behavior: the company was submitting claims to Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that patients did not need.
The average age of U.S. Supreme Court justices is 69. All have lifetime appointments to the highest court in the land, so it is possible that they are not as concerned with age discrimination as many other older Americans.
Since 1983, Medicare has provided benefits for eligible terminally ill patients under The Medicare Hospice Benefit program, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The use of these services has increased in recent years, with Medicare reimbursements for hospice care exceeding $15 billion in 2015.
It is well-known that pharmaceutical companies often provide payments for consulting and promotional speaking to doctors likely to use or prescribe the company's devices or medications. Some critics of the practice consider the payments to be a form of bribery, while others defend the practice as a way for physicians to become familiar with products that can benefit patients.
Old sayings are often rooted in truth. "You can't judge a book by its cover" is one of these sayings, and it has been repeated for decades.
People who work in accounting and billing are often chided and teased about being numbers-driven, quiet people. Breaking the mold, two women who worked in accounts receivable recently made big legal noise.