View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Planned Parenthood Office Fined For False Billing

While some Planned Paranthood office have been implicated in taking money to abort blacks, concealing rape, or violating state laws, one office has been found guilty of a different offense: overbilling for abortions and other "services."

An audit has revealed that Planned Parenthood's abortion business in Spokane, Washington, overbilled Medicaid $630,000 for abortions, birth control, condoms, and more between 2004 and 2007. With interest added, the office has been fined $700,000.

According to the audit, state health officials found Planned Parenthood of Spokane was "unbundling" abortion claims and falsely billing for doctor visits when customers were picking up prescriptions.

The audit discovered a number of questionable practices.

One involved "unbundling" post-abortion drugs and billing them to Medicaid as family planning, which is prohibited.

Other cases included billings for pregnancy tests done on women who never said they thought they were pregnant and without any indication the tests were medically necessary.

The office also apparently overbilled on fraudulent birth control prescriptions or for drugs sold without a prescription, billing for more than three times the cost of condoms, and billing office visits to pick up a prescription or get an injection.

One wonders how much the fine would have been if the audit had covered more years?

I'd also be curious to find out if other offices also did this sort of thing.



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