|By David Sell, The Philadelphia Inquirer|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Wednesday and Thursday brought another example that nothing is free. Somebody -- often taxpayers -- has to pay.
About 150 state and federal law enforcement officers raided the company's headquarters in a
A spokesman for the
"This raid is a welcome step toward cracking down on waste and fraud in
The cost of health care is a huge component in local, state, and national debates about how to solve budget challenges. In recent years, the federal government has increased efforts to scrutinize billing practices and thwart fraud, with durable medical devices being one area of particular concern.
Blumenthal is among the congressional leaders who have urged federal authorities to crack down on what they view as deceptive advertising that results in some angry seniors and bills for all taxpayers.
As Blumenthal noted, this is not the first time the
In 2007, the company settled a civil suit with the
The company's five-year corporate integrity agreement with the government was due to expire in 2012 but remains open. The company was also supposed to reimburse the
The company's website has a specific category of products called "Medicare-Reimbursable Power Chairs," with several listed for
The answer had a few caveats, including the