Medicare Chief Jonathan Blum & The Sociopathic Business Model™
April 22, 2014
Who didn’t see this coming? Frankly, I didn’t think it would happen so swiftly though. Jonathan Blum, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator (Medicare/Medicaid’s department’s highest position) who helped oversee the unprecedented release earlier this month of detailed Medicare payment data for 880,000 physicians which also showed that 2% of all physicians earned 25% of the total payments has cited via email from CMS to staffers the he “has decided” to depart for “new opportunities.”
Mr. Blum gave us recent gems like:
“We know there is waste in the system, we know there is fraud in the system. We want the public to help identify spending that doesn’t make sense.”
The Sociopathic Business Model™ contends that when an organization operates illegally or fraudulently the CEO will act as a corrupt King where all employees do as they’re told, even if illegal (especially if illegal) or they risk hearing off with their head! The King and the Court will surround themselves with people whom they view first as accomplices who will become eventual victims (including even the King’s Court). The model works on both big business and big government. We saw it with Christie and Bridgegate and we’re seeing it throughout the Obama Administration. Notice I called out a Republican and Democrat. Both parties make up our government and both parties are employing The Sociopathic Business Model™.
If we truly want to create change within our government we need to look at situations without blinders and that means not getting caught up in titles or PR spin from one party or the other. A symptom of the accomplice/victim cycle is the Kings/CEO’s will often surround themselves with people who are grateful to be given an opportunity far above their skill level (not just a promotion but jumping levels) as a mechanism for future manipulation.
Jonathan Blum was the Obama administration’s first political appointee to the CMS (Medicare/Medicaid) in March 2009. Before that he worked on Medicare issues at the Office of Management and Budget. He also served as a top healthcare staffer for then-Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). Those are some vague job titles to jumping in 2009 to the keys to the CMS Kingdom.
Now let’s use The Sociopathic Business™ and run the fact that Medicare/Medicaid’s highest appointed position knew there was fraud going on within the system at it relates to taxpayers:
The question needs to be asked (we won’t be able to answer it now) Did the Obama Administration put an unqualified person in the CMS Principal Deputy Administrator position as a way to manipulate?
-The Government saw physicians as accomplices and victims. Some victims also victimized the government (abusing the system fraudulently). Some physicians and all tax payers were harmed by the fraudulent activity at CMS (Medicare/Medicaid)
-Verbal Outburst (Mr. Blum’s statement to the press regarding fraud)
-Lack of remorse, shame or guilt
-Poor behavioral controls (Did Mr. Blum really quit or was he asked to move on?)
-Taxpayers should feel hopeless we read headlines where one surgeon was awarded fraudulently $21.9 million of taxpayer money.
-The unethical behavior by the government and the fraudulent physician’s actions are demeaning and insulting to the taxpayers.
-Mr. Blum is changing jobs (not his name but the name of his job title)
And now the big question…Who will be held accountable to the taxpayers and do we trust the government to make the best decisions for us based on the evidence above? And should these positions be elected to prevent those who aren’t qualified from being selected to be used later manipulation against the taxpayers?