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Eric Holder leaving controversial legacy of increased emphasis on healthcare fraud

Eric Holder leaving controversial legacy of increased emphasis on healthcare fraud

By Bob Herman  |  September 25, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation will signal the end of a tenure during which the federal government ramped up efforts to prevent and penalize healthcare fraud—efforts that raised the ire of healthcare stakeholders who believe the feds have been overzealous in some of their...

U.S. won't reveal records on HealthCare.gov security

By Associated Press  |  August 19, 2014

After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's healthcare website because doing so could "potentially" allow...

N.C. mayor finishes walk to D.C. to protest hospital closure

N.C. mayor finishes walk to D.C. to protest hospital closure

July 28, 2014

A North Carolina mayor fighting for the hospital that closed in his rural town finished his two-week protest march to the nation's capital, where he told a crowd that his community's problems are part of a larger healthcare struggle.

Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

By Associated Press  |  May 28, 2014

About 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital, the Veterans Affairs watchdog said Wednesday in a scathing report that increases pressure on Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

AHIMA calls for strict health record cut-and-paste parameters

AHIMA calls for strict health record cut-and-paste parameters

By Joseph Conn  |  April 03, 2014

The common but sometimes controversial practice of copying and pasting information from a patient's earlier electronic health record into a new one is permissible only “in the presence of strong technical and administrative controls,” according to a just-released position statement by...

Holder urges treatment to combat drug overdoses

Holder urges treatment to combat drug overdoses

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 10, 2014

Terming the growing rise in overdose deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers an “urgent public health crisis,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called for interventions that included both law enforcement and treatment.

Healthcare fraud investigations recover $4.3B in FY 2013

Healthcare fraud investigations recover $4.3B in FY 2013

By Paul Demko  |  February 26, 2014

The federal government recovered $4.3 billion through healthcare fraud investigations in fiscal 2013, according to a report released Wednesday by HHS and the Department of Justice. That's up from $4.2 billion in recovered assets during the prior year.

Healthcare fraud cases hit high last year, report says

By Associated Press  |  January 16, 2014

Federal prosecutors filed a record number of healthcare fraud cases last fiscal year, perhaps reflecting the greater emphasis the government has placed on combatting the crime costing taxpayers billions of dollars per year.

OIG report suggests 'best practices' to help prevent EHR fraud

OIG report suggests 'best practices' to help prevent EHR fraud

By Joseph Conn  |  January 08, 2014

A federal watchdog says the CMS and its Medicare contractors could do more to ensure providers don't use electronic health-record systems as a means to fraudulent ends. The 17-page report by HHS' Office of the Inspector General is the latest salvo in a running debate between federal regulators on...

White House pushing healthcare security measures

By Jesse J. Holland and Kelli Kennedy / Associated Press  |  September 18, 2013

The Obama administration is planning a high-level effort to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of the information submitted under the new healthcare law, hoping to blunt complaints from Republican opponents that enough isn't being done to protect consumer data.

89 charged in Medicare fraud busts

By Associated Press  |  May 14, 2013

Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, were charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges in a massive bust spanning eight cities, federal authorities said Tuesday.

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