UK: NHS trust hit by cyber attack cancels operations 

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From the Independent news article: As of Saturday morning, the trust described the entire IT system as “down” and put out an emergency phone number for staff to use over the bank holiday weekend. Dr Jane Burns, medical director for NHS Lanarkshire’s acute division, asked patients not to attend hospitals “unless it is essential”. Read […]

UK: Anonymous hacker says they stole 1.2 million NHS patients’ data 

Laptop in the dark by Luis Romero

From the Graham Cluley piece: An unknown hacker who says they are associated with Anonymous claims to have exploited unpatched software vulnerabilities in swiftQueue’s software to steal a database containing 11 million records, including the passwords and personal data (names, birth dates, phone numbers, and email addresses) of 1.2 million NHS patients. Read more at […]

US — Florida Doctor Sentenced On 162 Counts Of Health Care Fraud 

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From the Insurance News Net item: Ona M. Colasante, 60, a physician who formerly practiced in Gainesville, was sentenced Friday afternoon to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay a $1,134,000 fine and more than $1 million in restitution after being convicted on May 2, 2016, of 162 counts of health care fraud. As […]

U.K. — Newcastle hospitals chief sacked for gross misconduct 

Get ready for my clinical practice by Ryo FUKAsawa

From the Guardian news article: The longest-serving NHS hospital boss has been sacked for gross misconduct and is being investigated by the service’s internal anti-fraud police. Sir Leonard Fenwick was dismissed by the board of Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals foundation trust after 39 years for misconduct involving “inappropriate behaviour, use of resources and a range of governance issues”. The […]

US: Physician Gets 35-Year Sentence for Massive Medicare Fraud 

From the Medscape news item: If he had pulled off his escape plan, Jacques Roy, MD, might be living in Canada or France now under the alias of Michel Poulin, subsisting off millions in ill-gotten gains, according to federal prosecutors. Instead, a federal judge in Dallas last week sentenced the 60-year-old physician from Rockwall, Texas, […]

Canada: Man finds information of 60 patients on back of prescription 

Magnifying Glass by Emma Craig

From the CBC news item: Last month, Eddie Soltani’s wife had an appointment with Dr. Michael Lai in downtown Toronto. Her husband picked her up and they were about to fill the prescription when Soltani says he discovered a list on the other side containing what he believes is personal information of Lai’s patients. … […]

U.K. — Trust me, I’m a fake doctor: how medical imposters thrive in the real world 

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From the Guardian news article: It couldn’t happen in real life, though, could it? It already has. Others with medical backgrounds have posed as fully fledged doctors before. Take Levon Mkhitarian who encountered 3,363 patients in two years, working across seven NHS trusts on oncology, cardiology, transplant and surgical wards as well as in A&E. Mkhitarian, originally […]

U.S. — S.A. pharmaceutical rep indicted in $9.5 million health care fraud case 

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From the San Antonio Express-News news article: …The use of compounded drugs by current and former servicemen and servicewomen has skyrocketed in the past decade, federal data show. In some cases, the Defense Department’s Tricare insurance and private insurers have faced bills of up to $30,000 for a month’s supply of the compounded cream, records […]

US — Owner of Home Health Agency Sentenced to 75 Years in Prison for Involvement in $13 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy 

Mom's pills by Robbie Sproule

From the Department of Justice media release: According to the evidence presented at trial, from February 2006 through June 2015, Neba and others conspired to defraud Medicare by submitting over $10 million in false and fraudulent claims for home health services to Medicare through Fiango Home Healthcare Inc., owned by Neba and her husband, Ebong […]

U.S. –Podiatry Clinic Exposes Patients From Winnebago and Omaha Tribes To HIV, Hepatitis 

From the Iowa Public Radio news item: At least 35 people at the podiatry clinic of the Indian Health Service hospital in Winnebago, Neb., have possibly been exposed to Hepatitis and HIV. An instrument at the IHS clinic, which is near Sioux City, may not have been properly sterilized between patients. IHS is an agency […]