Posted on November 25th, 2013 No comments
We are now entering the seventh week since Obamacare’s exchanges went live, and several big problems remain clear.
- First, the website where people are supposed to buy insurance — or be penalized by the IRS for not doing so — is still plagued by technical problems and security concerns.
- Second, despite hundreds of millions of dollars devoted to a Spanish-language Obamacare propaganda campaign, the Spanish-language Obamacare website hasn’t even been launched yet.
- And, most troubling, is that millions of Americans are now being notified that they will lose the health plans they were happy with, along with the doctors they know and trust — something President Obama promised would never happen under Obamacare, although recent revelations show his administration has known for at least three years this was inevitable.
All this means millions of Americans now have to shop for new health-insurance plans, but the websites they are supposed to buy insurance don’t work. In response, President Obama and his administration have steered people toward a 1-800 help line and in-person enrollment through Obamacare’s network of so-called “navigators.”
This is a troubling proposition for the American people who are now being forced into other Obamacare enrollment options that could make them more susceptible to fraud and personal identity theft. As Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted last week, there is no uniform standard of background checks conducted on navigators, and nothing to prevent convicted felons from becoming navigators.
Americans know all too well the high personal and economic costs of fraud in our healthcare industry. For example, each year in Florida, we see hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars vanish into the hands of Medicare and Medicaid fraudsters, many of whom have found refuge from the American justice system in places like Cuba. And Hispanics in particular should be wary of entrusting just anyone to help them fill out government applications, as so many in our community have been victimized by so-called notarios, who take immigrants’ money and immigration paperwork, and then do nothing for them.
As Obamacare’s website failures push more people toward non-web enrollment options, the same kind of con artists who have been defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and immigrants will be inclined to do the same through Obamacare’s navigator network.
And as time goes on, we will inevitably see more cases of people fraudulently posing as navigators, collecting personal information and then exploiting innocent victims. And while some states like Florida have taken proactive steps to raise standards for aspiring navigators and toughen consumer protection safeguards, many states have not.
This is a recipe for people falling prey to fraud, identity theft or gross incompetence by those operating as Obamacare navigators.
It is unacceptable that President Obama is forcing the American people to blindly trust the federal government’s website security and its network of navigators to help them comply with Obamacare. As consumers are being pushed to shop for insurance through Obamacare, navigators and other non-online options, they proceed with great care and caution against fraudsters intending to do them harm.
Congress should also act, which is why I have introduced common-sense legislation to protect Americans from Obamacare-related identity theft committed by fraudulent navigators, crack down on fraudsters and raise background-check standards for people applying to be navigators.
While this is not a fool-proof solution to address Obamacare’s problems, it is one that will provide a greater degree of protection and relief to the people dealing with the Obamacare’s consequences. While I believe Obamacare as a whole should be repealed and replaced, until we can do so, we must protect our people from its flaws.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio represents Florida in the U.S. Senate.
Posted on June 11th, 2009 No comments
Continuing its high-profile effort to push the adoption of electronic health records among physicians, Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions has announced yet another reseller agreement with a key distributor of IT products to practices.
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Allscripts, Henry Schein partner to sell EHRs to physicians
Posted on May 29th, 2009 No comments
Agfa Healthcare, based in Mortsel, Belgium, has signed an agreement with the Segami Corporation, based in Columbia, Md., to integrate Segami’s Oasis workstation software into Agfa’s IMPAX 6 Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). The solution is designed to allow nuclear physicians to review, process and report studies using advanced processing software on their IMPAX workstation.
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Vendor Notebook – Agfa to integrate Segami’s Oasis into Impax
Posted on May 29th, 2009 No comments
(added May 29, 2009) A full-content feed is available at http://www.us-cert.gov/current/index.atom
VMware Releases Security Advisory
Posted on May 22nd, 2009 No comments
Coordinated Health, a Lehigh, Pa.-based provider of sports and musculoskeletal medicine services, has implemented a new electronic medical record and management solution to automate processes at eight locations. Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions’ Enterprise Electronic Medical Record and Practice Management solutions are designed to help smooth transitions for Coordinated Health’s patients as they move between care settings, according to officials.
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Coordinated Health implements new electronic medical record
Posted on May 19th, 2009 No comments
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology has approved final 2009-2010 criteria for certification of ambulatory, inpatient and emergency department electronic health records. The panel also approved criteria for its newly developed stand-alone electronic prescribing certification.
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Cchit publishes new criteria, plans program changes