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Medicaid-Medicare Abuses / Congress / Illinois / New Jersey #244333

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 16, 1976
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(Studio) Congress opens hearings into scandal with regard to Medicare and Medicaid.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Clinical labs accused of kickbacks to doctors and fraudulently billing state for procedure s not per formed.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Illinois) 21 labs control Illinois Medicaid business Estimated $100-125 million added to public health costs in Illinois due to fraud. Labs accused of charging Medicaid patients twice as much as regular patients.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(DC) Investigators report to special Senate committee on aging. [Committee investigator, Val HALAMANDARIS - says fraud rampant and pervasive. $1 of ea. $5 is conservative figure for fraud. 1/2 of money spent in clinical labs could be inappropriate.] Practice widespread. New Jersey witnesses say organized crime could be behind New Jersey unethical medical labs; abuses cited in California, New York and Pennsylvania.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

Cronkite, Walter;
Walker, Hal

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