Medicare awards $50,000 grant to Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol program

first_imgThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the award of a $50,000 grant to help the Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program fight Medicare fraud. The grant went to the Community of Vermont Elders and it is part of President Obama’s mandate to educate seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries about how to prevent fraud in Medicare.‘This grant is one of more than 50 awarded throughout the country to put more feet on the ground in the fight against Medicare fraud,’ said CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D. ‘We are concerned about Medicare fraud and activity by criminals seeking to defraud seniors ‘ and we want to ramp up our local community resources to educate seniors and people with Medicare about how they can help us stop it.’The grant will provide additional funds to increase awareness of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries of health care fraud prevention, identification and reporting through expansion of SMP program capacity. States identified as high-fraud areas received higher amounts to support additional targeted strategies for collaboration, media outreach and referrals. The Administration on Aging will administer these grants in partnership with CMS.‘Unfortunately, scam artists are using the new health care provisions of the Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to scare and steal from seniors,’ said Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee. ‘Additional funding for the Senior Medicare Patrol in Vermont will help us significantly increase our outreach and education to people with Medicare. We applaud CMS for its commitment to fighting Medicare fraud.’SMP volunteers work Vermont to educate Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers about the importance of reviewing their Medicare notices to identify billing errors and potentially fraudulent activity. Program volunteers also encourage seniors to make inquiries to the SMP Program when such issues are identified, so that the project may ensure appropriate resolution or referral.Since 1997, HHS and its Administration on Aging have funded Senior Medicare Patrol projects to recruit and train retired professionals and other senior volunteers about how to recognize and report instances or patterns of health care fraud. Close to 3 million Medicare beneficiaries have been educated throughout the country since the start of the program, and more than 1 million one-on-one counseling sessions have taken place with seniors or their caregivers. The SMP program funds projects in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/(link is external) or http://www.cms.gov/FraudAbuseforConsumers/(link is external)last_img read more

Torres staying with Milan

first_img Press Association The deal does not rule out a return to Atletico in the upcoming transfer window. The Spanish champions have indicated they do not have the funds for a permanent deal themselves, but may yet sign him on another loan deal from Milan once he has left Chelsea. A return home could be what Torres needs to reignite a once sparkling career. The World Cup winner and double European champion scored 46 goals in 172 Chelsea appearances, but only 20 of those came in 110 league outings – a poor return when compared with the 65 Premier League goals he scored in 102 appearances for Liverpool. Torres moved to Stamford Bridge late on January transfer deadline day in 2011 for a then record British fee, but initial struggles soon appeared to be a crisis of confidence as he managed just one goal in 18 appearances before the end of the season. The following season he scored 11 goals, including a hat-trick against QPR and a vital breakaway goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, but still looked a shadow of himself. His best season in a Chelsea shirt came in the following campaign as he scored 22 goals across seven competitions, including the winner in the Europa League final against Benfica. He managed only 11 goals the following season, after which Jose Mourinho broke up his misfiring striking trio of Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, all of whom left the club. His move to Milan has not exactly seen his form ignite, with only one goal in 10 appearances, but that has not prevented a deal being done. Fernando Torres’ Chelsea career is officially over after the Premier League leaders announced he is to make his loan move to AC Milan permanent next month.center_img Torres, 30, won the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup in three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, but never lived up to expectations after a £50million transfer from Liverpool, failing to replicate his once-prolific scoring record in the capital. He moved to Milan on a two-year loan in August and, although he had been strongly linked with a return to his first club Atletico Madrid in recent days, on Saturday Chelsea announced a deal had been reached for him to join Milan permanently from January 5. last_img read more

Rams’ loss to Buccaneers ‘a wake-up call for everybody,’ Sean McVay says

first_imgSean McVay offered no excuses for the Los Angeles Rams’ shocking 55-40 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, calling it “a wake-up call for everybody”.The Rams went to the Super Bowl last season and started the new NFL campaign 3-0, but they were upset by the Buccaneers in a high-scoring clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum. Buccaneers 55, Rams 40: By the numbers look at one of highest scoring games in NFL history Rams’ Todd Gurley calls Thursday games ‘dumbest thing ever’ Although it was a rare setback for Los Angeles, McVay was not looking to evade criticism and accepted responsibility for the loss.”I’m not going to sit up here and continue to make excuses for why I’m not doing a good enough job,” he told reporters. “I’m just not doing it right now, we’re not getting it done. We’re just going to continue to put our heads down and try to find solutions. Related News NFL Week 4 Sunday Huddle: Buccaneers stun Rams in high-scoring affair; Chiefs escape upset in Detroit “I think really it’s a wake-up call for everybody. Ultimately, it’s about finding a way to win football games. We didn’t do that today.”We make no excuses for it and we relish the opportunity to move forward the right way.”On to Seattle. pic.twitter.com/90RKBPgMXY— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 30, 2019McVay could not identify one specific aspect the Rams needed to improve on, calling on every member of the team to be better.”There’s too many things to really point out one thing,” he added. “I think we’re all capable of better.”We continue to fight but, ultimately, it’s about finding a way to get it done and we didn’t today.” Quarterback Jared Goff threw for a career-high 517 yards, yet he also had three interceptions and his late fumble allowed former teammate Ndamukong Suh to cap the victory for the Buccaneers.”I’ve got to be better,” said Goff. “The defense is doing a good job right now – and there was a lot of the game where we were doing a good job.”We were moving the ball well, we were executing, but we couldn’t run the ball effectively and were getting a lot of pressure. There was a lot of good stuff to build on and a lot, a lot of stuff to clean up.”last_img read more