Marylanders, with the help of a catchy jingle and the Baltimore Ravens, will urge their peers to sign up for new health insurance coverage available through federal reforms in an advertising campaign launching this month, health officials said Tuesday.
Two Harford County men and a Howard County man have been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an alleged pharmacy fraud scheme that federal prosecutors say bilked the government out of at least $2.6 in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements.
The head of the nation's medical research agency and leaders of Johns Hopkins hospital and medical school warned Monday that progress in fighting diseases could be slowed, jobs lost and scientists driven overseas unless across-the-board federal funding cuts are reversed.
The O'Malley administration has settled a class-action lawsuit accusing the state of failing low-incoming and disabled Marylanders by regularly taking nearly a year to approve medical assistance applications as part of a severe backlog.
The Maryland Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on a bill that would qualify more Marylanders for government health care and pay for a new health insurance marketplace, both part of advancing the rollout of federal health reform.
By By Scott Dance and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center has received a new Medicare provider agreement from the federal government, allowing it to once again seek reimbursement for patients on the government health program.
It is unclear how much money University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson will lose in unbillable Medicare patients. The hospital believes it has complied, but Medicare has yet to approve its plan.
The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center failed a critical federal inspection and has been unable to collect what is likely millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursements from the federal government since Dec. 1. The hospital cannot bill Medicare as it waits for certification
The previous owner of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center has agreed to pay the federal government $4.9 million for overbilling Medicaid and Medicare by keeping patients in the hospital longer than needed.
Citing a severe and chronic backlog, advocacy groups have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the state of failing low-income and disabled Marylanders by regularly taking nearly a year to approve medical assistance applications.
The state commission that regulates hospital rates has not kept adequate tabs on hospital billings, according to legislative auditors, who contend that four hospitals they checked have overcharged by more than $13 million.
By the time Baltimore Behavioral Health Inc. sought bankruptcy protection Dec. 28, the once high-flying drug treatment and mental health clinic had shown signs of financial trouble going back two years. But even as the private, nonprofit company's debts mounted, members of the family that long oversaw the West Pratt Street clinic continued to be well paid, recently released tax records show.