Courts could decide legality of mandatory Ebola quarantines

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 27, 2014

Politicians in several states say they're just trying to keep their citizens safe by imposing mandatory quarantines on those returning to the U.S. after being exposed to Ebola. But medical experts say they're going about it the wrong way, singling out people who aren't a threat.

New Jersey releases quarantined nurse

By Associated Press  |  October 27, 2014

New Jersey officials say a nurse who was quarantined after working in West Africa with Ebola patients is being released.

DaVita pays $389 million in anti-kickback case

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 25, 2014

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.

Data Points for Oct. 27, 2014

Data Points for Oct. 27, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 25, 2014

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.

Regional News/South: Ky. cardiologists settle false-claims charges

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 25, 2014

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.

DaVita whistle-blower settlement marks growing focus on kickbacks

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 24, 2014

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.

Johnson & Johnson wins first Pinnacle hip implant trial

By 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.

Miami PA gets 15 years in Medicare fraud case

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 23, 2014

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.

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 website is still being debated in the courts, but the CMS is preparing for an ultimate decision that could eliminate the subsidies.