Scott Redman of Indiana was sentenced to serve 13 years in prison for posing as a licensed doctor and illegally prescribing psychiatric drugs to patients. Redman, who was convicted by a jury in November, assumed the identity of an Illinois psychiatrist to practice and hold counseling sessions at Clarity Clinic in Chicago in 2015 and 2016.
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Stacey Lawhorn, a surgical nurse from Delray Beach, Fla., admitted to stealing prescription drugs from West Boca Medical Center's operating room using patients' identification numbers. Lawhorn was charged with 44 counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and single counts of fraud and larceny, according to the arrest report.
Lori Sirucek of Butte, Mont., on Thursday entered a guilty plea to felony conspiracy to commit theft of public assistance. Sirucek, who faces up to six months in the Department of Corrections or a $1,500 fine, falsified the Medicaid timesheets of her two caregivers.
Dorothy McNeill of Wagram, N.C., was arrested on charges of obtaining a schedule II controlled substance by fraud and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Authorities say McNeill is suspected of using false information to obtain fraudulent prescriptions for 480 dosage units of oxycodone.
The Senate voted 52-47 early this morning to confirm Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as HHS secretary. Price, an orthopedic surgeon who has held a House seat since 2005, has backed repeal of the Affordable Care Act and conversion of Medicaid to a block grant program.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, has called for a measured approach to dealing with the Affordable Care Act, starting with stabilizing the individual insurance market and taking a bipartisan route to doing so. His position stands out among his Republican colleagues, but indicators suggest others are beginning to embrace his views.
UK researchers found that cancer survivors appreciated the convenience and flexibility of using telehealth for follow-up consultations and meetings with their health care providers. Cancer survivors also said telehealth lets them feel more comfortable voicing concerns they would avoid bringing up during face-to-face doctor visits, lowers their sense of vulnerability and helps them return to their daily lives.
State-run health insurance exchanges showed largely positive open enrollment results, and ACASignups.net predicts an overall increase of 2%, although some states saw declines and others have not reported final numbers. Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington reported 24%, 14% and 12% increases over last year, respectively, while enrollment in Connecticut, Maryland and New York was down, although New York reported a 75% increase in basic health plan enrollment.
Mean gait-speed declines were the same for elderly patients with hypertension who achieved a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg as they were for those who hit a target of less than 140 mm Hg, according to SPRINT study data published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Some physicians expressed optimism about the data, saying the study suggests intense BP control is not harmful to mobility in older patients, but others were concerned about higher risks of kidney problems, syncope and other issues in the intensive-treatment group.
Atherosclerosis in adults ages 32 to 46 was associated with a fivefold increased risk of a fatal or nonfatal heart attack over the next 12 years, independent of other risk factors, in a long-term study of more than 3,000 women and men published in JAMA Cardiology. "Heart disease really begins in adolescence and early adulthood," said researcher Jeffrey Carr, M.D.
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