Calif. clinic owner, 4 others face charges in $8M fraud scheme | Video shows people hot-wiring van full of plastic surgery equipment | Lawsuit alleges dermatologist endangered patients
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May 25, 2018
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Calif. clinic owner, 4 others face charges in $8M fraud scheme
Roshanak Khadem, former owner and operator of two medical clinics in California's San Fernando Valley, and four others were each indicted on 13 counts of health care fraud and a single count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud over their alleged involvement in an $8 million insurance fraud scheme. Khadem, physician Roberto Mariano, two clinic employees and a former Anthem fraud investigator allegedly conspired to provide free cosmetic procedures to patients in exchange for their insurance information, allowing the clinics to improperly bill insurers for medically unnecessary or unprovided services, which resulted in about $8 million worth of improper payments, the indictment says.
HealthLeaders Media (5/24) 
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Video shows people hot-wiring van full of plastic surgery equipment
Two men are seen on security video entering a parking garage in Beverly Glen, Calif., using what may be a master key, then hot-wiring and stealing a van that contained $500,000 worth of lasers, platelet-rich plasma devices and other equipment, according to the van's owner, plastic surgeon Saul Lahijani. "These serial numbers have been called to the companies, and they'll be of no use to anyone, because as soon as they are called in, they will know that these are stolen property," Lahijani said.
KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV (Los Angeles) (5/23) 
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Lawsuit alleges dermatologist endangered patients
A dermatologist in suburban Atlanta is being sued for allegedly endangering and misleading patients, one of whom sustained brain damage after undergoing cosmetic surgery. The doctor offers liposuction, buttocks lifts and abdominoplasty but is not board-certified in general or plastic surgery, and her office is not licensed as a surgery center or accredited as an operating room.
MyAJC (Atlanta) (tiered subscription model) (5/21) 
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Dr. Patricia McGuire, MD on Canfield's VECTRA® XT 3D Imaging System and Happier Patients
"I was surprised. Using VECTRA reduces the time for my consultations. Rather than having to explain to a patient repeatedly about the limitations of her anatomy and what I can realistically achieve, I can show her the actual possibilities in 3D." Read More.
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Practice Management
Health care lags behind in updating to Windows 10, report finds
A Duo Security report revealed that the health care sector is the slowest one to upgrade to Windows 10, with only 29% of computers running the updated operating system, making many organizations vulnerable to cybersecurity incidents. Researchers also found that at least one set of credentials was captured in 62% of phishing campaigns and only 8% of Android phones had the latest security patch, which could pose security and privacy risks among people using Android devices and related health apps.
Health IT Security (5/23) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Plastic surgeon to remove excess skin from legs of man who dropped 500 lbs.
Plastic and bariatric surgeon Christopher Jones will be removing two pounds of skin from the legs of a man who lost 500 pounds by undergoing bariatric surgery and embarking on a diet and exercise plan, so that the man can get a prosthetic leg that fits. "He could no longer fit any type of prosthesis, and even if it were custom made, the looseness of the skin would not allow him to walk," Jones said.
WTHR-TV (Indianapolis) (5/23) 
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Research & Technology
Surgical excision among the best options for treating xanthelasma
Treatment options for xanthelasmas include topical trichloroacetic acid, liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, laser therapy and surgical excision, and researchers reported in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery that efficacy varies among the treatments. Surgical excision has proven effective, and the authors recommend it "for lesions that involve the deep dermis or infiltrate the underlying muscle."
Modern Medicine/The Aesthetic Channel (5/21) 
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