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Michigan clinic office manager pleads guilty to $131 million fraud

Michigan clinic office manager pleads guilty to $131 million fraud

By Alex Kacik  |  January 12, 2018

Detroit-based Tri-County Network would give kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries, physicians and patient recruiters to boost their referral network and then provide unnecessary prescriptions of oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids to addicted patients.

Ohio imposes strict rule on workers' back surgery, opioids

Ohio imposes strict rule on workers' back surgery, opioids

By Associated Press  |  January 11, 2018

Ohio residents with work-related back injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest, physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers under a groundbreaking new guideline.

Judge urges action on '100% manmade' opioid crisis

Judge urges action on '100% manmade' opioid crisis

By Associated Press  |  January 10, 2018

A federal judge urged participants on all sides of lawsuits against drugmakers and distributors to work toward a common goal of reducing overdose deaths. He said the issue has come to courts because "other branches of government have punted" it.

Indiana counties, cities sue opioid distributors and manufacturers

Indiana counties, cities sue opioid distributors and manufacturers

By Alex Kacik  |  January 08, 2018

A slew of cities and counties in Indiana have joined the growing ranks of municipalities and states that have sued the major drug distributors for allegedly overlooking suspicious opioid prescriptions and fueling the abuse epidemic.

Editorial: 10 healthcare predictions for 2018

Editorial: 10 healthcare predictions for 2018

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 30, 2017

Talk about a New Year's hangover. Healthcare will dominate the news in 2018 as it has for much of the past decade. It's not shaping up as a good news story.

New Nevada law to begin fast-track opioid data collection

New Nevada law to begin fast-track opioid data collection

By Associated Press  |  December 27, 2017

Provisions of the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Act will tighten reporting requirements after Jan. 1 and restrict the prescribing of highly addictive painkillers such as oxycodone. It also aims to shut off the illegal flow of substances such as heroin and fentanyl.

2017 Healthcare Year in Review

2017 Healthcare Year in Review

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 16, 2017

For much of 2017, attention was on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. By the end of the year, though, industry trends pointed toward the market reshaping itself through mergers and new offerings.

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