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Doctor becomes eighth person sentenced in sprawling Orthofix fraud case
By Joe Carlson | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A Virginia podiatrist who lied to a grand jury about altering patient records to increase Medicare bills has become the eighth person sentenced in the long-running healthcare fraud investigation of orthopedic devicemaker Orthofix International N.V.
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Amedisys to pay $150 million for overbilling Medicare
By Beth Kutscher | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Amedisys, one of the largest home health and hospice companies in the U.S., has finalized a $150 million settlement to resolve allegations that it improperly billed Medicare for nursing and therapy services.
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Unencrypted-laptop thefts at center of recent HIPAA settlements
By Joseph Conn | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Concentra Health Services, Addison, Texas, a subsidiary of Humana and a provider of occupational medicine and other health services, has agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights more than $1.7 million in a federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security rule...
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Financial weakness argument flops in ProMedica merger case
By Joe Carlson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In 2010, St. Luke's Hospital in northwestern Ohio wasn't doing great financially, but it wasn't about to go broke either—a common state of affairs for hospitals that greatly damaged St. Luke's argument that it needed to merge to survive.
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FTC wins appeal in ProMedica case
By Joe Carlson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Federal Trade Commission extended its recent winning streak in healthcare cases Tuesday when a federal appeals court agreed that a 2010 hospital acquisition by Ohio's ProMedica system was illegal.
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CMS mulls replacing HealthCare.gov contractor Accenture
By Virgil Dickson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is in the early stages of determining if a smaller vendor could take over HealthCare.gov when Accenture’s one-year contract expires.
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Baxter settles class-action suit for $64 million, denies wrongdoing
By Andrew L. Wang, Crain's Chicago Business | April 21, 2014
Baxter International agreed to pay $64 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the Deerfield, Ill.-based company and some of its competitors colluded to raise prices of plasma-based therapies.
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New Michigan rules seek to tighten doctor discipline
By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business | April 21, 2014
New state regulations that take effect July 1 aim to eliminate the ability of chairmen of the Michigan Board of Medicine and 26 other health-licensing boards to unilaterally end investigations of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
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Fla. hospital agrees to pay $7 million to settle suit
By Associated Press | April 20, 2014
All Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it violated anti-kickback laws by paying inflated salaries and bonuses to doctors so that they would bring in more patients and revenues.
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FTC's Markus Meier outlines agency stance on ACOs, mergers, pay-for-delay
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014
Markus Meier, assistant director for healthcare enforcement in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, outlines the agency's view on accountable care organizations, hospitals' M&A activity, and drugmakers' play-for-delay tactics.
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