Obama’s HHS Gave Sweetheart Deal To Firm Linked To Medical Data Fraud

Feds Gave Sweetheart Deal To Firm Linked To Medical Data Fraud – Daily Caller

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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell awarded a rarely used open-ended sole-source contract to a firm whose corporate owners were embroiled in a $400 million fraudulent medical data scheme that cheated doctors and consumers, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

The company Burwell selected is Optum Labs, which is part of UnitedHealth Group’s Optum subsidiary. Andrew Slavitt, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was formerly a top Optum executive at the time of the fraudulent database involved in the scheme. The database enabled insurers to pay dramatically lower reimbursements to doctors and patients for out-of-network care.

Optum and UnitedHealth Group settled the landmark fraud case with then-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in 2009 and paid out a record $400 million. Optum Labs – which is one of nation’s largest medical data analytics companies – was not a party to the settlement.

Under the contract, Optum Labs will provide HHS with 160 million administrative claim records it accumulated over 20 years and 40 to 50 million electronic medical records it collected over the last seven years, according to Optum Lab spokesman Jeffrey Smith. Some of the records to be given to HHS are part of the database involved in the 2009 settlement, Smith says.

Cuomo – now New York’s Democratic governor – said at the time of the settlement that Optum and UnitedHealth Group had “ripped off patients” by rigging out-of-network reimbursements to providers and consumers. “Too many people have been hurt,” he said.

UnitedHealth Group’s insurance division, United Healthcare, is the nation’s biggest health insurance company and warned last month it may stop participating in Obamacare in 2017 due to unexpectedly large financial losses.

Slavitt left Optum to join CMS as deputy administrator and became acting administrator when Marilyn Tavenner stepped down after the troubled launch of Obamacare. Obama nominated Slavitt as the permanent administrator July 10, 2015, but a confirmation vote has yet to be taken in the Senate.

Slavitt was granted a rare “ethics waiver” by the Obama administration that permits him to rule on issues involving past employers. American Commitment, a conservative non-profit advocacy group, recently delivered to the Senate more than 20,000 letters it generated demanding rejection of Slavitt’s nomination.

It was clear from the beginning of the award process Burwell’s choice for the contract was Optum Labs. In a May 29 public notice, she declared the contract would be awarded without any competition, declaring, “this is a notice of intent, not a request for a quote. A solicitation will not be issued and quotes will not be requested.”

Optum Labs has hundreds of rivals. There are 971 health IT companies registered with the federal government under the same service code in which Optum Lab was awarded the account.

Burwell added in the May 29 notice that the sole-source contract also was a “blanket purchase agreement,” (BPA) which means the contract will provide continuous government orders without competing bidders. No dollar amount is specified for the contract.

Federal officials aren’t required by BPA procurement rules to issue any public notice or solicitation when the contract is up for renewal. The contract is for one year, with options to renew over the following four years. It started in September of this year.

“This seems like another example of the revolving door paying off for a contractor, and more proof that who you know might be more lucrative than what you know,” Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight, tells TheDCNF.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, tells TheDCNF that “sole-source contracts by their nature raise questions about whether the taxpayers are getting the best deal.”

Grassley, chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Finance that oversees Obamacare, demands the administration justify its decision to offer Optum Labs a sole-source contract.

“The administration should be explicitly transparent about the reasons for any sole source contracts, and especially here where the firm getting the contract has been controversial,” Grassley tells TheDCNF.

“Companies would love to get that contract because it means that there won’t be any on follow-on competition and the agency will place their orders only with them,” says a 30-year senior procurement officer in an interview with TheDCNF.

The procurement officer who requested anonymity tells TheDCNF that “when they say ‘sole- source,’ that means they’re not going to look to other people. They’re not going to consider anyone else. They’re going to go straight to who they’re going to pick.” He requested anonymity because he is barred from speaking on the record due to his governmental post.

“A sole source BPA is an instrument that any company would be probably would be happy to have. Let’s not kid ourselves,” the procurement officer tells TheDCNF.

American Commitment president Phil Kerpen says “it’s rather remarkable that a division of Andy Slavitt’s UnitedHealth Group, Optum Labs, has now gotten an open-ended contract from HHS.”

Kerpen points to the ethics waiver that allows Slavitt to make decisions involving his former employers as an especially important factor in questioning the Optum Labs sole-source award.

“I think that certainly the perception of corruption is one reason why the unusual ethics waiver from the administration is so inappropriate. You now have a top executive of a company that does business every day, both as a regulated entity and as a vendor, with a top executive right there in the building,” Kerpen says.

CMS officials insist Slavitt is not involved in the Optum Lab contract. But an HHS spokeswoman refused to make public the memorandum of understanding between the department and Optum Labs.

The Optum Lab contract is with an obscure HHS operation called the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The House Appropriations Committee zeroed-out the agency in June. The bill is in the Senate awaiting action.

Republicans charge AHRQ duplicates many other agencies, including the National Institutes of Health for which congressional Republicans have increased funding.

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Leftist Depravity Update: Planned Parenthood Ghoul Giggles Over Topic Of Harvesting Intact Baby Heads (Video)

Planned Parenthood Ghoul Giggles Over Topic Of Harvesting Intact Baby Heads – Moonbattery

The Center for Medical Progress is up to undercover Planned Parenthood video #11 now, and yet each one still manages to horrify. Here we witness the banality of evil as an abortionist for the lavishly taxpayer-subsidized baby abattoir soullessly giggles about harvesting intact baby heads for market:
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Just in time for Halloween.

The reason Planned Parenthood is generously subsidized by the federal government despite being highly profitable on its own is that the Democrat Party backs it to the hilt.

On tips from Torcer and Artfldgr. Hat tip: Washington Examiner.

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*VIDEO* Ted Cruz: Iowa Town Hall

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Police Find 14 Plastic Containers Filled With Dead Babies In Psycho Abortionist’s Car

Police Raid Abortionist’s Home, Find 14 Plastic Containers Of Aborted Babies In His Car – Life News

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Local police have raided the upscale West Bloomfield, Michigan home of abortionist Michael Roth after acting on evidence that Roth may be performing illegal abortions – doing abortions either out of his home or in the private homes of his customers. In the course of the raid, police found what they believe are 14 containers that possibly contain the bodies of aborted babies along with other human tissue.

The trunk of Roth’s car also contained medical equipment used for abortion procedures. Investigators confiscated medical “materials” in bags and boxes at Roth’s home. Now, Roth is now under investigation by the Michigan Attorney General.

WXYZ has more on what happened:
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Sources confirm 14 containers of human tissue, possibly fetuses, medical equipment and large amounts of Fentanyl, a drug used for pain and sedation, was found in a car owned by the doctor who works as an OB/GYN.

The case started two weeks ago when the doctor was driving on 14 Mile west of the new roundabout at Orchard Lake. He hit a special needs child who was critically injured. Sources say the doctor was not under the influence and obtained a lawyer. His car was impounded as the accident was still under investigation.

Then last week, officers executed a search warrant to obtain the “black box” data recorder from the car and while inside the trunk they found plastic containers and medical equipment.

Sources say they containers were not labeled and no medical records were in the car.

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Roth’s abortion business, the Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was evicted in November 2014 from its second office space this year. An eviction document provided to Operation Rescue by long-time pro-life activist Lynn Mills, shows that a court request for eviction from his office at 33200 West 14 Mile in West Bloomfield was filed on October 21, 2014. The eviction was ordered due to Roth’s violation of a provision of his lease.

Roth had until November 27, 2014, to vacate the premises. Photos taken through his office windows on November 25 show that the office was empty and Roth had already moved out.

Mills told Operation Rescue that she had conducted a literature drop just prior to Thanksgiving featuring information about Roth’s abortion business and his involvement in a tax fraud case. Roth moved out soon after.

“Public pressure of the kind used by Lynn Mills is very effective at exposing the ‘bad boys’ of the abortion cartel and forcing them out of business,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We applaud her efforts and those of others who also contributed to this pro-life victory.”

Earlier in 2014 Roth was evicted from his long-time office, located at 42450 West 12 Mile Road, Suite 205, in Novi, Michigan, which was the site of several large peaceful, pro-life sit-ins, or rescues, in the early 1990s.

Monica Migliorino Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society talked with LifeNews about Roth and this new investigation.

“That Michael Roth would be performing illegal abortions – either in his home, or even in the homes of women – shows the despicable, sordid practice that is abortion. It also shows that Roth as an abortionist did not really care about the health and safety of women – as these abortions were not taking place in safe, sterile environments,” she said.

“This is just another sad, sorry story that exposes the dark world of the abortion practice and helps the public see that dark world. On top of the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies – and now this! We see the unscrupulous nature of the abortion practitioner – a nature forged in disrespect for life,” Miller continued.

Roth has a checkered history of Board discipline and malpractice suits related to botched abortion procedures. Some of the injuries he inflicted during abortions include perforated uteri and bowels, hemorrhage, and at least one abortion he did not finish because the abortion facility ran out of dilators of the size he needed to complete the procedure. One woman required a hysterectomy to save her life. Documents related to these incidents can be read at AbortionDocs.org.

Roth’s personal life was also troubled. He went through an ugly divorce in 2005 that resulted in his then-wife obtaining a personal protection order against her husband that specifically prohibited him from following her, approaching her in public, or prescribing any medications for her. She lived locked in the basement of their home during the divorce proceedings while he enjoyed the master bedroom, according to court documents.

Right to Life of Michigan also commented to LifeNews on this investigation.

“Roth has a long history of violations, including two previous at-home abortions he performed in 1998 and 1999,” the group said. “Right to Life of Michigan released a report in 2012, Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure, featuring several of Roth’s violations. In addition to his at-home abortions, Roth was disciplined in 2002 for drug-related violations, including prescribing drugs without a license. He was disciplined in 2004 for violating patient consent laws and was accused of falsifying medical records by a former employee.”

Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet said, “Abortionists frequently violate our laws with extreme disregard for women’s health and safety. Roth should have his license revoked, just like Dr. Robert Alexander who ran a house of horrors abortion clinic in Muskegon until 2014.”

Since passage of the Michigan Prolife Omnibus Act in 2012, which significantly strengthened the oversight of the abortion industry, 16 abortion businesses in the state have closed, many due to substandard practices.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “We’re glad we’ve been able to provide more tools for authorities to deal with health and safety violations in the abortion industry, and we’ll continue to provide them with even more. If abortionists and their businesses can’t abide by laws and regulations that others follow, they shouldn’t be allowed practice on vulnerable women.”

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Leftist Evil Update: 177 House Democrats Vote Against Bill That Makes Killing A Born Baby Murder

177 House Members Vote Against Bill That Makes Killing A Born Baby Murder – CNS

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted 248 to 177 on Friday afternoon to approve a bill that would give a born baby who survives an abortion the same protection under the law as “any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care.”

Under the bill, the Congressional Research Service explained in its official summary of the legislation, “An individual who commits an overt act that kills a child born alive is subject to criminal prosecution for murder.”

The bill would also “require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital.”

Five Democrats voted for the bill, and all 177 votes against it were cast by Democratic members. One member, Rep. John Garamendi (D.-Calif.), voted present, and eight members, including three Republicans and five Democrats did not vote.

Among the members who voted against this bill that would clarify that it is an act of murder to kill a baby who survives an abortion were House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.), Rep. Jackie Speier (D.-Calif.), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D.-N.Y.)

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R.-Ariz.), who was joined by 98 co-sponsors. These included Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R.-Tenn.), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R.-Mo.), and Rep. Kristi Noem (R.-S.D.).

“The Born Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act protects little children who have been born alive,” Rep. Franks said in a speech on the House floor before the vote. “No one in this body can obscure the humanity and the personhood of these little born alive babies.”

“The abortion industry labored all these decades to convince the world that unborn children and born children should be completely separated in our minds, that while born children are persons worthy of protection, unborn children are not persons and are not worthy of protection,” he said.

“But those who oppose this bill to protect born alive babies now have the impossible task of trying to join born children and unborn children back together again and then trying to convince all of us to condemn them both as inhuman and not worthy of protection after all,” he said.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney spoke against the bill on the House floor.

“I stand in strong opposition to this punitive and intrusive bill,” she said.

“This is politics at its most manipulative and politics that should never be permitted to come between a patient and her doctor,” she said.

“This bill attempts to criminalize legal medical care and punish millions of women by rolling back reproductive choices. It wages a kind of guerilla warfare against Roe v. Wade by threatening doctors with jail time for providing care to their patients.”

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Female TSA Worker Rigged Body Scanner On ‘Attractive’ Male Passengers So Her Male Colleague Could Grope Them

New Security Video Captures The Shocking Moment Female TSA Worker Rigged Body Scanner On ‘Attractive’ Male Passengers So Her Male Colleague Could Grope Them – Daily Mail

Disturbing security footage has emerged showing the moment a female TSA worker rigged an airport scanning machine so that her male co-worker could fondle male passengers’ genitals.

Yasmeen Shafi, 22, was allegedly alerted by her colleague, Ty Spicha, 27, every time a man he found attractive walked up to the security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Colorado.

In an elaborate plot, Shafi then reportedly manipulated the body scanner so that the male was identified as a female – causing the machine to detect an anomaly in the passenger’s genital area.

This, in turn, permitted Spicha to perform a pat-down on the man.

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Elaborate plot: Yasmeen Shafi (far left), 22, watches her colleague, Ty Spicha (second right), 27, approach an attractive man after she allegedly manipulated the body scanner at Colorado’s Denver International Airport

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‘Groping’: Spicha then starts to pat down the man , who was wrongly identified as a female so the machine would detect an anomaly in his genital area. He appears to run his hand over the man’s thigh and genitals

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Another go: On the same day, Spicha apparently touches the genitals of another attractive male passenger

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Fired: Shafi (right) and Spicha (left) have now been fired from the TSA – which deems their actions ‘shocking and egregious’ – after one of their co-workers tipped off the organization to the alleged scanner scheme

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The new video footage, captured on airport security and obtained this week by CBS Denver station KCNC, shows Spicha approaching male passengers who have been wrongly identified as females.

Dressed in his official Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uniform and a pair of blue gloves, he then appears to grope the fliers by running his hands over their genitals and buttocks.

This sort of contact is in violation of TSA policy.

Shafi, meanwhile, stands beside the security machine, watching the inappropriate pat-downs.

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The footage was filmed earlier this year – and apparently captures just several of many incidents.

Shafi and Spicha have now been fired from the TSA – which deems their actions ‘shocking and egregious’ – after one of their co-workers tipped off the organization to the scanner scheme.

However, no criminal charges have been filed against the duo because no alleged victims have yet been confirmed by officials – including the men who can be seen in the newly-released footage.

In an interview with the TSA, Shafi admitted to participating in the plot, according to CBS4.

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Shocking: The new video footage, which was captured on airport security and obtained this week by CBS’s Denver station KCNC , shows Spicha approaching one male passenger and caressing his buttocks (above)

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Inappropriate: In another blurry shot, the TSA employee appears to grope a man’s behind at the checkpoint

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Deliberate error: No criminal charges have been filed against Shafi and Spicha . Above, Shafi allegedly manipulated the scanner so it believed males were females – and therefore, identified genital anomalies

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She said the scheme had involved at least 11 passengers over 2014 and 2015, it is reported.

A Denver Police Department report seen by Daily Mail Online describes Shafi and Spicha’s plot.

‘When a male he [Spicha] finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine, he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is female,’ it reads.

‘When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area.’

The anonymous tip by a co-worker was apparently made to the TSA in November last year.

But despite this, the agency only launched an investigation in February.

A TSA supervisor told police that he saw Spicha ‘give a signal’ to Shafi.

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Admission: In an interview with the TSA, Shafi (seen with a male companion in a Myspace snap) apparently admitted to participating in the plot. She said the scheme had involved at least 11 passengers, it is reported

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Security: Passengers are pictured undergoing full body scans by TSA agents at Denver International Airport in this file picture. The TSA described Spicha and Shafi’s reported actions as ‘egregious and intolerable’

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Then, after Shafi manipulated the scanner, Spicha would ‘conduct a pat down of the passenger’s front groin and buttocks area with the palms of his hands… contradictory to TSA searching policy’.

Earlier this year, the TSA told Daily Mail Online: ‘These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable.

‘TSA has removed the two officers from the agency. All allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated by the agency. And when substantiated, employees are held accountable.’

The newly-released security footage comes just a week after TSA agent Maxie Oquendo allegedly groped a 21-year-old female foreign exchange student at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

Oquendo is facing sexual abuse and harassment charges over the alleged bathroom incident.

He has also been fired from the TSA.

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Arkansas Governor Hutchinson Ends Taxpayer-Funded Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

Arkansas Ends Taxpayer-Funded Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood – Christian News Network

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The governor of Arkansas has directed the state Department of Human Services to terminate its Medicaid contract with the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

In compliance with the request, the department sent a letter to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland on Friday as notice that the contract was being terminated.

“[T]he Arkansas Department of Human Services is hereby exercising its authority to terminate its existing agreements with Planned Parenthood of Arkansas & Eastern Oklahoma,” the correspondence reads. “The termination… will be effective 30 days from the date of this letter.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has also released a statement about the move, remarking that the decision was influenced by the recent video exposes’ outlining Planned Parenthood’s apparent harvesting and sale of aborted baby organs.

“It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them,” he said. “This includes their affiliated organization, Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.”

Planned Parenthood likewise released a statement, stating that by revoking the agreement, states like Arkansas are aligning themselves with “extremists.”

“The politicians behind these reckless policies have allied themselves with extremists who will stop at nothing to end access to abortion – breaking laws, pushing misinformation, and violence and harassment of women and doctors,” it read in part.

Arkansas is the fourth state to pull funding to Planned Parenthood, following Alabama, Louisiana and New Hampshire. As previously reported, the New Hampshire State Executive Council voted earlier this month despite objections from Gov. Mary Hassan to cancel its $650,000 contract with the abortion giant. The funds will be reallocated to other women’s health facilities.

The day prior, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that the state would terminate Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contract.

“Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life,” he said. “It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.”

The Obama administration has contended that it is illegal for states to terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood because of its abortion services. Medicaid payments do not include abortions, but still provide support to the organization.

“Even though we anticipate a federal review, standing up for Arkansas values is most important to the governor,” spokesman J.R. Davis told the Arkansas Times.

“American tax dollars should not be used to subsidize billion-dollar corporations that inhumanely and illegally sell baby body parts,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said in a statement. “Tax dollars that went to two Planned Parenthood clinics in Arkansas will be better used by the 179 community health centers and other clinics that actually provide comprehensive health care. We commend the governor and hope other states will follow his example.”

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