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March 11, 2014

Things you should know

This will be my first attempt at using Dragon Naturally Speaking to write. Dragon Naturally Speaking is a program that allows your voice commands to be converted to text. I found as I get older that my fingers are not quite as flexible as they once were and this could possibly be beneficial as an aid to help me write.

It’s really been a hilarious experience to observe this software converting my southern drawl into text. I found myself really laughing as I go through this process. Having said that, I’m going to give it my best effort in writing this column and continue to try and use this program. You would not believe how some of my words come out in type. It is a little embarrassing.

I try to read several newspapers and articles daily. I especially give attention to those articles sent to me from various sources. A couple of articles recently really caught my attention; one was in our local paper reporting that medical fraud cases hit a new high last year. Southern Illinois reportedly led the pack as the per capita leader in healthcare fraud prosecutions.

Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney Stephen Wiggington said every U.S. Attorney enjoys discretion in prioritizing crime issues to combat, taking into account regional demographics and Eric Holder’s desires, but Wiggington said he placed special emphasis on going after healthcare fraud since he began overseeing his district more than three years ago.

It was reported that such fraud is believed to cost the Medicare program between $60 billion and $90 billion each year. Wiggington was quoted as being “frankly surprised” by his office distinction as the per capita leader in healthcare fraud prosecutions. An illustration of the anti-fraud push is an effort last May when 89 people in eight cities including 14 doctors and nurses were charged for their alleged roles in separate Medicare scams that billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges.

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