Report: Menendez Intervened With 2009 Fed Audit of Melgen

Posted by on Feb 07, 2013 at 8:05 am

This is being reported by the nameless, faceless, right-wing blog known as the Washington Post.

Sen. Robert Menendez raised concerns with top federal health-care officials twice in recent years about their finding that a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor — had overbilled the government by $8.9 million for care at his clinic, Menendez aides said Wednesday.

Menendez (D-N.J.) initially contacted federal officials in 2009 about the government’s audit of Salomon Melgen, complaining to the director overseeing Medicare payments that it was unfair to penalize the doctor because the billing rules were ambiguous, the aides said.

Last year, in a meeting with the acting administrator of the agency in charge of Medicare and Medicaid, Menendez again questioned whether federal auditors had been fair in their assessment of Melgen’s billing for eye injections to treat macular degeneration, the senator’s aides said.

The agency had ordered Melgen to repay the $8.9 million, and at the time of both conversations, Melgen was disputing the agency’s conclusion. His appeal continues to this day.

Menendez’s office provided this account of his contacts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after The Washington Post asked about the role he had played in the long-standing dispute between Melgen and the agency over his billing practices.

Amazing how much the media has ignored over the years involving this sleazebag Menendez. Not a peep about this stuff while he was up for re-election this past year. Needless to say a Republican would never get away with such chicanery.

Seems like Melgen could bury Menendez with one interview. He’s curiously in hiding.

Melgen frequently cited his connection to Menendez, according to two former federal officials and doctors in South Florida.

When federal health-care fraud investigators were questioning him several years ago about his billing practices, he invoked the senator’s name, the former officials said.

“He used Menendez’s name all the time. He would say, “Menendez is a good friend of mine, and he knows I never did anything wrong,’ ” said a former senior federal official familiar with the investigation.

Now we can see why this guy was glad to provide those underage hookers for Menendez. Seems they each have some dope on the other. Maybe one of these days the news networks will begin investigating this. Are you listening, 60 Minutes?

Meanwhile, the WaPo has a look at the plush resort where Melgen flew Menendez in for his dalliances with hookers. Allegedly, of course. Can’t wait for those angry denunciations of the Post from Menendez.

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