Among the Medicare billings only recently discovered as fraudulent after being paid:
• Brooklyn, N.Y., proctologist, Boris Sachakov, was paid for performing 6,593 hemorrhoidectomies and other procedures over a 13-month period — an average of 18 every day, 365 days a year (and 6,212 more than the doctor who billed the second-highest number).
• Two Hialeah, Fla., companies, “Charlie RX” and “Happy Trips,” between them billed Medicare $63,000 for penis pumps — including a total of four to the same patient (by the way, a woman).
The award-winning London theater company, Duckie, announced plans for a June 2011 production, “Lullaby,” at the Barbican Pit, that would feature music and performances so soothing that patrons will be encouraged to attend in pajamas and lounge overnight in bed-seats, with an early morning shower included in the ticket price of 42 pounds ($66).
Producer Simon Casson noted that, irrespective of the play, it is almost impossible to find overnight facilities in central London for that price.
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