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Planned Parenthood has been cited for Medicaid fraud… so why is it still getting taxpayer funding?

Posted in Medicaid abortion, Medicaid Billing Practices, Planned Parenthood medicaid fraud with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by saynsumthn

|  (From Live Action News)

Planned Parenthood has been cited for overbilling abuses and Medicaid fraud, for violating patient privacy, and for failing to report child sexual abuse. So why is the abortion corporation still receiving half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers?

A study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in 2012 showed that Planned Parenthood received $400.56 million in Medicaid reimbursements (including both federal and state dollars), according to findings published in 2017 by the Congressional Research Service. Planned Parenthood’s own 2015-2016 annual report shows that 41 percent of its funding comes from the taxpayer ($554.6 million). Numbers published in previous Planned Parenthood annual reports indicate its affiliates have received more than $4.5 billion from taxpayers.

Taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood at 41 Percent (image: PP’s 2015-2016 annual report)

Yet, with so much tax money at stake, exactly what kind of oversight is being conducted to safeguard more than half a billion tax dollars entrusted to Planned Parenthood annually?

According to reports by watchdog agencies, very little.

In 2014, the group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) published a report identifying 10 types of waste, abuse, and potential fraud Planned Parenthood affiliates have been caught committing or have been credibly accused of nationwide. The potential fraud includes billing while obtaining reimbursements from Title XIX agencies for medications and/or services provided in connection with an abortion. This is illegal.

ADF’s research found that taxpayers were losing millions of dollars in the forced funding of Planned Parenthood, which now garners 35 percent of the abortion market; it is the nation’s largest single abortion provider. Despite several incidents of overbilling and potential fraud, ADF found that only “fourteen affiliates, or approximately twenty-one percent had been audited,” noting that the others “have been accused of financial fraud and worse.”

Planned Parenthood Medicaid Fraud (image credit 2017 Profit No Matter What report)

Then, in 2017, a coordinated study conducted by both the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) and Alliance Defending Freedom reviewed a number of additional audits from a variety of agencies. The purpose of the study was to identify waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood among its now 57 separately incorporated affiliates, and other abortion and family planning facilities, particularly with respect to federal and state Title XIX-Medicaid programs.

The 2017 Report on Publicly Available Audits of Planned Parenthood Affiliates and State Family Planning Programs identified several cases of unlawful billing, including “[b]illing in excess of actual acquisition cost or other statutorily approved cost for contraceptive barrier products, oral contraceptives, and emergency contraceptive-Plan B (i.e., § 340B drugs) products”:

A large and growing number of federal and state audits have documented that improper practices by Planned Parenthood and state family planning agencies have already resulted in losses to the American taxpayer of nearly $132.4 million, at a minimum, in Title XIX-Medicaid and other healthcare funding programs.

Out of 51 audits, the CLI/ADF report found, “numerous improper practices resulting in significant Title XIX-Medicaid overpayments of more than $8.5 million to Planned Parenthood affiliates for family planning and reproductive health services claims….”

The report notes that “[…] auditors and investigators have specifically identified Planned Parenthood affiliates as the source of at least $12.8 million in waste, abuse, and potentially fraudulent overbilling and penalties…” and that “[t]hree federal audits specifically identify Planned Parenthood – and only Planned Parenthood – as the problem in state family planning program overbilling,” the report states.

The groups pointed out that the audits they reviewed were limited in scope, suggesting the possibility for millions of additional taxpayer dollars to be wasted or fraudulently overbilled.

READ: New report exposes millions in taxpayer fraud at Planned Parenthood

“For example, an audit may examine only one type of billing, for one type of product, for one clinic in a single year. Yet nearly every known audit of Planned Parenthood affiliates and of state family planning programs has found overbilling,” the report notes.

But of the 51 known “recent external audits or other reviews” of Planned Parenthood affiliates’ financial data and practices in 12 states, CLI and ADF uncovered at least $8.5 million in waste, abuse, and potential fraud in the following states:

  • California (two audits of two affiliates): $5,213,645.92 30
  • Connecticut: $18,791
  • Illinois: $387,000
  • Louisiana (two audits of one affiliate): $6,147.18
  • Maine: $33,294.83
  • Nebraska: $3,537
  • New York (seven audits of four affiliates): $1,615,083.25
  • Ohio: none found
  • Oklahoma: unknown, but the overbilling rates have been documented as 14.1%, 18%, and 20.3%
  • Texas (two audits of two affiliates): $538,703.10 -$658,735.97
  • Washington (three audits of two or three affiliates):$640,595.88
  • Wisconsin (27 audits of one affiliate): $95,466.04

Interestingly, the audit from Nebraska proved, as Live Action News has stated many times, that federal and state taxpayer dollars are funding abortion. The report found in the Nebraska audit “a Planned Parenthood affiliate spending federal funds on abortion expenses in violation of federal and state law.”

“In New York, alone, during one four-year audit period, it appeared that hundreds of thousands of abortion-related claims were billed unlawfully to Medicaid,” ADF’s Mattox told a Congressional hearing on the topic in 2015.

Live Action News has previously documented how taxpayer dollars are funding abortions, and Nebraska was just one example. When government funds abortion, more abortions happen, not fewer. This should never be taxpayer funded:

The potential fraudulent use of Medicaid dollars by Planned Parenthood also caught the attention of Oklahoma’s then-Governor Mary Fallin, who sent a letter to the head of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board, stating, “[…] more than one in every seven bills submitted for payment to your agency by these providers are inaccurately coded or insufficiently documented…. The lack of attention to the requirements imposed on a responsible provider is a continuing problem for these Planned Parenthood affiliates.”

“As a result of these patterns of irresponsible business behavior among and between the Planned Parenthood organizations,” Fallin wrote, “a dozen states have denied or withdrawn funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates.”

The researchers concluded that despite receiving billions of dollars from taxpayers, only 19 of Planned Parenthood’s 57 U.S. affiliates (33 percent) have been audited, “And others have been accused of financial fraud and worse.”

During testimony in 2015 before Congressional members, Mr. Mattox explained:

[The] Medicaid statute provides grounds for which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in its discretion, may exclude a provider. These include claims for excessive charges, unnecessary services, or services which fail to meet professionally recognized standards of health care; fraud, kickbacks, and other prohibited activities; entities controlled by a sanctioned individual; failure to disclose required information, supply requested information, or supply payment information; sanctioned individuals controlling an entity; and making false statements or misrepresentations of material fact.

He then pointed out:

[…] Planned Parenthood is unlike many other Medicaid providers. Not only has it had great financial success as a Medicaid provider, but also it has been able to avoid much of the oversight and/or corrective action that most Medicaid providers would expect and have received.

Mr. Mattox then alluded to the reason: “… [B]etween local affiliates and the national organization, Planned Parenthood has spent many millions of dollars to support the election of its preferred candidates.”

In 2018, despite large sums of taxpayer dollars being previously misused and few Medicaid audits underway to safeguard additional tax dollars, Planned Parenthood is poised to receive yet another half a billion forced taxpayer funding. This, despite repeated promises by GOP Senators, members of Congress, as well as President Trump, to defund Planned Parenthood — which has not yet happened, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood’s legitimate health care services and patient numbers have been declining for years:

The continued misuse and fraud of American tax dollars by Planned Parenthood is unacceptable. When will it stop?

Read the full report detailing Planned Parenthood’s potential fraud and waste of taxpayer funding here.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Abortion Ghouls

Posted in Aborted Babies for Electricity, Aborted Baby Body Parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2014 by saynsumthn

WRITTEN BY LIFE DYNAMICS, INC, republished with permission.

Covanta

An Oregon county commission has ordered a Marion County waste-to-fuel incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it’s been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia.

Covanta Marion, Inc., is a waste-to-energy facility which processes approximately 550 tons of garbage each day, including “bio hazard waste”, which they convert to fuel to generate approximately 13.1 megawatts of electricity each hour.

As Life Dynamics discuss in the May edition of Life Talk, hospitals in Britain have reportedly incinerated the remains of more than 15,000 babies alongside rubbish as “clinical waste” with some used in “waste to energy” plants. You can read more on that here.

Aborted Babies Incinerated2

Marion County commissioners Sam Brentano and Janet Carlson told the AP that they were horrified to learn that the facility might be burning medical waste that includes fetal tissue to generate electricity. Both strongly oppose abortions.

Brentano said that the county ordinance that sets the parameters for what can be accepted at the waste-to-energy plant allows for all human tissue.

“No rule or law has been broken, but there’s an ethical standard that’s been broken,” he said.

Jill Stueck, a Covanta spokeswoman, said the company is cooperating with the suspension, and it does not seek out the waste that mortified commissioners.
“No one is saying bring us fetal tissue,” Stueck said.

Oregon

A former employee of the facility said that he believes certified contractors have been carrying fetuses from British Columbia to Oregon, where state statutes allow fetuses to be disposed.

A TV station in Oregon, KOIN, interviewed the Covanta former temp worker, who said he saw 53-foot tractor trailers carrying bio hazards dropping off loads at the facility in Brooks at least two to three times a week.

Bud Waterman said that he observed the contents of the truck spill out of their containers.

“It would make you sick, especially if you had to clean it up or have to pull a box off the trailer,” said Waterman,”If you had to pull a box off the trailer, there’s so much blood.”

Waterman told the news station he believed that fetuses had been incinerated at the plant for years and used for energy.

“They knew it, they had to,” he said.

Stericycle

Jeff Bickford, environmental services division manager in Marion County, said the facility there has been taking material from British Columbia for five to seven years. He said clinical waste providers such as Stericycle bring in medical waste ranging from syringes and body parts to laboratory cultures and bodily fluids after hospitals and clinics place it into red bags and sealed containers.

Pro-lifers have been exposing Stericycle for picking up abortion clinic waste for years.

The group, Repent America has even launched a campaign to stop Stericycle after recording Stericycle admitting that they pick up aborted babies from abortion clinics.

Mark Crutcher Life Talk April 2014

Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, Inc. responsible for an undercover investigation which exposed the marketing of aborted baby body parts has responded to the Oregon incinerator story by saying, “What do you expect, these people are ghouls.”

Crutcher says that in some ways we are naive about just how evil this industry is and points out that if abortionists will kill the baby they will do just about anything to make it profitable.

“What we are finding out is that they are not only murderers but they are grave robbers,” he said, “It’s not enough that they kill the babies, they then have to go back and pick the bones.”

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In April of 1997, Life Dynamics began their undercover investigation into the marketing of body parts harvested from babies killed by elective abortions. This investigation lasted approximately 31 months.

An extensive report of that investigation has been uploaded on the Life Dynamics website (here).

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Most of the information in the report was provided by employees who worked at Comprehensive Health for Women (Comp Health) – a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic located in Overland Park, Kansas.

The wholesalers for the 2007 baby parts investigation were Anatomic Gift Foundation (AGF) and the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM). IIAM was at one time heavily involved in the baby parts business but has since withdrawn. It was founded by Jim Bardsley who eventually left to start AGF.

Life Dynamics has uploaded copies of the orders and additional documents on their website and points out some sickening observations:

First there is a requirement that parts be retrieved within a few minutes of fetal death, which dramatically increases the likelihood of a live birth. This is also an indicator that the purchaser is suggesting that the abortionist alter his procedure in order to meet certain specifications.

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Life Dynamics explains that when “no dig” or “no digoxin” is written on the order, the purchaser is telling the abortionist that the baby can’t be killed by injecting digoxin into its heart. Again, this increases the chances of a live birth and is another indicator that the purchaser is trying to control what procedure the abortionist will use.

4FrozenTissue

Although a number of the orders were on aborted unborn babies with fetal anomalies some of the documents showed that abortions – including the very late term ones – are being done on healthy babies.

What the orders do show is that the unborn child in the very early stages of pregnancy has identifiable human body parts.

According to Crutcher, “They have been able for years to tell the lie that the unborn child is this big glob of tissue but the day that they started putting out price lists that said they would buy the ears off of babies less than eight weeks old, what they were saying is that babies less than eight weeks old have ears.”

Baby Parts for Sale

In an archived episode of Life Talk from 2000, the panel points out that late term abortionist Leroy Carhart was involved in this ghoulish activity. After Life Dynamics conducted their investigation they uncovered that Carhart was providing the University of Nebraska with aborted “tissue.”

Carhart told the media that he “donated” the “tissue” to the University, despite the fact that price lists and tissue logs Life Dynamics uncovered in their investigation reveal that selling these aborted babies can be very lucrative.

Crutcher says that tissue logs show that one baby is often chopped up and sold to many buyers, “For example, babies taken from donors 113968 and 114189 were both killed late in their second-trimester and cut into nine pieces. By applying AGF’s price list, we see that each baby was sold for between $810 and $1,170 depending on whether their parts were shipped fresh or frozen.”

Life Dynamics points out that the ghouling of abortion thrives behind closed doors. Just as in the Oregon incinerator case, shortly after Life Dynamics began releasing information on the marketing of baby parts, AGF announced it would no longer be providing baby parts. Apparently, this was in response to public exposure in the media and protests by pro-life activists at their Maryland headquarters.

Crutcher says that this ghoulish activity continues to this day as Congress has yet to outlaw the harvesting of aborted baby body parts, “Today, we are routinely asked whether aborted baby parts are still being bought and sold. When we respond that they are, we are inevitably asked why the federal laws that prohibit it are not being enforced. The short answer is that there is no political will to enforce these laws.”

As for the ghoulish aspects of the use of these children to heat our homes, Crutcher says that pro-lifers know that before the vultures circle over the dead bodies of these children, the abortion industry is free to murder them, “One thing we pro-lifers need to realize is that we’ve always known they’re killing the baby. Over the years I have asked pro-lifers, ‘ why are you so upset over this when you knew abortions were going on? Really if they are killing the baby what difference does it make if it is inside the womb or outside or if they chop them up and sell them once they are dead or use their dead bodies for electricity? ‘”