Tuesday, February 17 1976
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Med labs charged
Envoy unharmed by ra
WASHINGTON (AP) - Kick-
backs, fradulent billing and
overpayments involving a few
medical laboratories wastes al-
most $1 out of $5 paid out for
Medicare and Medicaid lab ser-
vices, a Senate committee was
"It is our judgment that at'
least $45 million of the $213 mil-
lion in Medicare and Medicaid
payments for clinical laborator-
ies is either fraudulent or un-
necessary," the staff of the spe-
cial Committee on Aging said.
CHAIRMAN Frank Moss (D-
Utah) made the. report public
in resuming hearings on fraud
and abuse in the programs.
The report said'that "numeri-
cally the number of offenders
identified in investigation is
small but their proportion of
public funds for lab service is
"In New York 17 clinical lab-
oratories controlled 70 per cent
of the Medicaid business" the
report said. "In New Jersey, a
dozen clinics controlled more
than 60 per cent of Medicaid
funds. In Illinois, the 21 labs
under the subcommittee's scru-
tiny controlled 80 per cent of
the state's Medicaid business."
THE STAFF said it appears
from its findings in other states
"that kickbacks are so ram-
pant that laboratories are al-
most barred from obtaining a
Medicaid account less they of-
fer a kickback" to physicians.
'The report focused on Illi-
nois, but mentioned Pennsylva-
nia and California as ,well as
New York, New Jersey as states
where abuses occurred.
Under the Medicaid program,
state and federal governments
will pay a total of about $180.5
million in the current fiscal
year to laboratories for analysis
of blood and other specimens
taken from the poor, aged, blind
and disabled. Another $32.5 mil-
lion is paid for Medicare for
persons 65 years and older.
free by its own health depart-
Frank Holstein executive di-
rector of the New Jersey State
Commission of- Investigation,
testified that "shortcomings and
loopholes which had developed
in the New Jersey Medicaid
program presented a virtual
open door to those laboratory
owners to profiteer at the tax-
Holstein cited one instance in
which seven parts of a test per-
formed by Park Medical Labor-
atory by an automated labora-
tory at a cost of $3.40 were bill-
ed to Medicaid'for a total of
$58. 'This is almost five times
the maximum possible reim-
bursement of $12.50," he said.
Despite continuing inflation,
the basic toll rates on the New
Jersey Turnpike have been
raised only once in its 25 year
By AP and Reuter
MOSCOW - The American
Embassy yesterday termed "in-
accurate and misleading" a
published report that U.S. Am-
bassador Walter Stoessel has a
mysterious blood ailment pos-
sibly caused of aggravated by
high level microwaves beamed
at the embassy by the Soviets.
It said Stoessel has gone
cross-country skiing and played
paddle tennis in recent days.
THE BOSTON GLOBE yes-
terday quoted sources as say-
ing Stoessel's alleged ailment
resembles leukemia and was a
major factor leading to an
American protest 'to the Krem-
lin over microwave transmis-
A U.S. Embassy spokesperson
in Moscow, asked to comment
on the Globe story, said: "We
have seen various stories about
the ambassador's health, all of
which are inaccurate and mis-
leading. It would not be appro-
priate to comment specifically
on the ambassador's health or
on that of any other individual.
"However, the ambassador
feels fine, keeps a busysched-
ule, leads an active life, has
not undergone medical treat-
ment and is not at the present
time undergoing medical treat-
EARLIER NEWS accounts out
of Moscow said Western resi-
dents assume the Soviets are
directing a microwave bugging
device toward a section of the
embassy's three top floors
where classified work. is con-
A State Department medical
technician is in Moscow, ap-
parently to check blood samples
of embassy staffers to deter-
mine if the radiation level has
But no one in authority would
say whether any illness related
to the radiation had been dis-
covered. "No comment" respon-
ses were given to newsmen who
posed such questions.
OFFICIALS WOULD only re-
fer to Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger's statement Thursday
that beaming is a "matter of
great complexity and sensitivi-
ty" and that "unilateral efforts
to reduce the danger" have
MEANWHILE, Soviet Ambas-
sador Anatoliy Dobrynin visited
the White House yesterday for a
meeting shrouded in unusual
There was immediate specu-,
lation that the visit might con-
cern reports that the U.S. em-
bassy in Moscow had been sub-
jected to radiation from high
frequency radio waves.
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