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Regional News/Midwest: N.D. 'personhood' measure raises larger healthcare concerns
By Paul Demko | October 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A type of “personhood” amendment North Dakotans will vote on Nov. 4 could have broad ramifications for healthcare in that state.
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DaVita pays $389 million in anti-kickback case
By Lisa Schencker | October 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A $389 million civil settlement announced last week between \DaVita HealthCare Partners and the federal government over allegations of Medicare fraud is the latest example of the feds going after healthcare companies allegedly violating the anti-kickback statute.
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Data Points for Oct. 27, 2014
Modern Healthcare | October 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Data Points for the week of Oct. 27, 2014, covered the following topics: latest healthcare stats on Ebola, health IT, CT usage and the uninsured.
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Regional News/West: Nurses, others file class-action over Daughters of Charity pension plan
By Beth Kutscher | October 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Nurses and other employees at Daughters of Charity Health System have filed a class-action suit, arguing that their employer underfunded its pension plan and a sale would further jeopardize their retirement benefits.
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Regional News/South: Ky. cardiologists settle false-claims charges
By Lisa Schencker | October 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Two Kentucky cardiologists have agreed to pay $380,000 to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by entering into bogus management agreements with an area hospital in exchange for referring their patients to that hospital.
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DaVita whistle-blower settlement marks growing focus on kickbacks
By Lisa Schencker | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A nearly $400 million settlement between DaVita HealthCare Partners and the government reflects what experts see as a growing eagerness among federal fraud enforcers to go after healthcare business relationships that allegedly amount to kickbacks.
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Information
Johnson & Johnson wins first Pinnacle hip implant trial
Bloomberg | October 24, 2014
A Johnson & Johnson unit's design of a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle hip implants isn't defective, a Dallas jury concluded, ruling against a woman who said the devices poisoned her in the first case of its kind to go to trial.
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Miami PA gets 15 years in Medicare fraud case
By Lisa Schencker | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A Miami physician assistant was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison for his role in a $200 million Medicare fraud case, even though his attorney argued he was not a central figure in the scheme.
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CMS adds language to give insurers an out if subsidies disappear
By Lisa Schencker | October 23, 2014
Whether the government should be allowed to widely subsidize insurance plans sold on the HealthCare.gov website is still being debated in the courts, but the CMS is preparing for an ultimate decision that could eliminate the subsidies.
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DaVita Kidney Care to pay $389 million to settle whistle-blower case
By Gregg Blesch | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
DaVita Kidney Care will pay $389 million to resolve a whistle-blower's allegations that the company induced physicians to steer patients to its dialysis centers with opportunities to profit by buying and selling stakes in clinics.
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