USA — Milford Doctor Indicted On Drug, Health Care Fraud Charges 

From the Milford Patch news article: The two doctors are accused of writing prescriptions for cash to addicts, money laundering and millions of dollars in health care fraud. Both operated out of Family Health Urgent Care at 235 Main St. in Norwalk. Around 2012, Mansourov purchased the practice from Patel and renamed it Family Urgent […]

Minnesota, USA — Unpacking Lincoln’s Law: The Importance of the False Claims Act 

Magnifying glass by John Lester

From the Minnesots Lawyer piece: …As the largest consumer in the United States, indeed, the world, the United States Government is susceptible to fraud from a vast array of sources. The False Claims Act has become the primary tool to stop those who reap financial benefits based on false statements and misrepresentations to the Government. During […]

Top 10 Internet of Things cybersecurity threats and expert advice about how to fight back 

Get ready for my clinical practice by Ryo FUKAsawa

From the Healthcare IT Infrastructure news article: …So what can healthcare organizations do to bolster the security of devices that use radio frequency to communicate? Risley offered some suggestions. Know your employees “Healthcare organizations can begin by understanding employee behavior and the types of devices entering their offices that could pose a danger to network infrastructure,” […]

U.S. news item — Revolutionizing health care: How business owners are saving their companies by disrupting the status quo 

From the Arizona Capitol Times news article: Mindset Shift #2. Health care doesn’t have to be expensive. But it gets very expensive if you skimp on care for people who need it the most. Those people may wind up in a hospital, where costs can be 5-30 times higher. Instead, make it free, or almost free, […]

U.S. — OPINION F. Douglas Stephenson: Denying poor people health care defies logic 

From the Gainesville Sun opinion piece: The decision by 25 states to reject the expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act will result in between 7,115 and 17,104 more deaths than had all states opted in, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York. The researchers found […]

U.S. — Mississippi Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients 

Laptop in the dark by Luis Romero

From the Mississippi Business Journal news item: The Mississippi Senate passed a narrower version of a bill Monday that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and a regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would hire an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version, approved […]

U.S. — DOJ Attorneys Disclose Health Care Enforcement Trends for 2016 

From the Lexology news item: Federal prosecutors appearing at the American Conference Institute’s 16th Annual Forum on Fraud and Abuse in the Sales and Marketing of Medical Devices earlier this month outlined recent enforcement trends that should catch the attention of the health care industry. Companies that ignore the warnings and lessons stemming from these public […]

U.K. — Glaxo fined £37m for paying rivals to delay release of cheap alternative drugs in move that denied NHS ‘significant’ cost savings 

Pills 1-1 by e-Magine Art

From the Daily Mail: This is Money news article: Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline has been fined £37million for paying off firms to delay the launch of cheap versions of an antidepressant drug in a move that denied the NHS ‘significant’ cost savings. The Competition Markets Authority said Glaxo paid about £50million between 2001 and 2004 to […]

U.K. — British MP Theresa May launches fraud taskforce 

From the U.K. Home Office news release: Home Secretary Theresa May today announced a new taskforce to crack down on fraud in the UK, saying that “fraud shames our financial system”. The Joint Fraud Taskforce will be made up of made up of key representatives from government, law enforcement and the banking sector. The Taskforce will […]

U.S. – Healthcare Organizations Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Limit Fraud Cases 

From the Worker’s Compensation website: More than a dozen major healthcare organizations and associations have jumped into a Supreme Court case over the validity of a legal theory now used to bring many fraud lawsuits against them. The case has the potential to reduce – or increase – the number of False Claims Act suits […]