Judge: Iowa-licensed surgeon can’t bill Medicare due to tax evasion

BY: - June 28, 2021

A surgeon who was granted a license to practice in Iowa last year has been denied the opportunity to bill Medicare for his services due to multiple felony convictions tied to tax evasion. Federal records show that last year, Dr. Edward Joseph Silvio Picardi applied to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for re-enrollment […]

Five Iowa nursing homes have spent years on federal list of the nation’s worst care facilities

BY: - June 4, 2021

Five of the Iowa nursing homes deemed by the government to be among the worst in the nation have met those criteria for at least two years, and one has qualified for four years, according to federal records. The list of the nation’s worst-performing nursing homes, compiled by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

Former Midwest health leader pledges ‘common-ground’ agenda if confirmed for HHS post

BY: - April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — When Andrea Palm worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration, she says there was a theme to the policy issues that ended up on her plate: ones that required bipartisan cooperation. The agency’s secretary at the time, Sylvia Burwell, had a nickname for Palm’s portfolio: the “common-ground […]