More than $2.6 million worth of fraudulent Medicaid payments was recovered by the Missouri Attorney General's Office in the first six months of 2017, according to Attorney General Josh Hawley. In partnership with other authorities, Hawley entered settlement deals with six health care providers, including Omnicare, IPC Healthcare and CareCore National.
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Louisiana residents Suprenia Washington, Erica Edwards and Jeff Koon were each sentenced to serve two years of probation and were each ordered to pay approximately $2,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to single counts of health care fraud. Washington, Edwards and Koon, former registered nurses at Abide Home Care Services in Louisiana, were involved in a $30 million Medicare fraud scheme at Abide, authorities say.
Shirley Contreras, a resident of Pocahontas, Ark., was sentenced to a three-year probation term and was ordered to pay restitution of $5,514.04 plus fines and court costs after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud.
Dr. Jack Michel, owner of Florida-based nursing home The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where eight people died during a power outage due to Hurricane Irma, was previously charged with health care fraud, according to federal prosecutors. Michel, along with several co-defendants, agreed to pay $15.4 million in 2006 to settle accusations that he received kickbacks for referring patients to his Miami-based hospital, Larkin Community Hospital, for unnecessary treatments.
There will be new types of cyberattacks against medical devices such as insulin pumps, which could be shut down by hackers if a ransom is not paid, said Michael Daniel, president of the Cyber Threat Alliance, at the Healthcare Security Forum. Daniel also warned about trends toward greater collateral damage involving hospitals, along with data corruption, which is a "more difficult problem to solve because getting back to ground truth is incredibly difficult."
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia reported the success of a trial of Dr Grader, an eye-screening tool that uses artificial intelligence for early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy. The trial, which involved 187 diabetes patients, found that the technology was as effective in identifying signs and classifying the severity of the condition as a human specialist.
A Census Bureau report found that the percentage of Americans who were uninsured fell to a record low of 8.8% in 2016 from 9.1% in 2015. Last year was the third consecutive year the uninsured rate declined, a trend that started in 2014 when the majority of the Affordable Care Act's coverage provisions were implemented.
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