Kenneth and Sharon Cohn, owners of Binghamton, N.Y.-based Yellow Medi-Van & Taxi, have been sentenced to five years of probation and one year of conditional discharge, respectively, after pleading guilty to charges related to Medicaid fraud. The couple, who agreed to forfeit $456,000 and pay $50,000 each in restitution, were accused of collecting over $1 million in payments from Medicaid while operating their company without workers' compensation coverage from June 2012 to January 2014.
Mustak Vaid, a doctor from Brooklyn, N.Y., Marina Burman, president of Universal Supply Depot, and three others entered guilty pleas to charges related to their involvement in a $30 million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme. The defendants were accused of paying kickbacks to elderly Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for posing as their patients, and then improperly billing the programs for unnecessary medical services, according to authorities.
Aiman Hamdan, a cardiologist from Wayne, N.J., pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting $500,000 worth of bribes in the form of a loan from Parsippany, N.J.-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services in September 2008 in exchange for referring patient blood samples to the laboratory. Hamdan's wife, Kristina Hamdan, a former BLS sales employee, pleaded guilty to paying illegal bribes to physicians from November 2009 to April 2013 in return for agreeing to refer blood samples to the laboratory, according to prosecutors.
Twelve health care providers have been suspended from California's workers' compensation program -- three for administrative reasons and the rest for fraud or criminal actions -- bringing the total this year to 85. Those recently suspended include Orange, Calif., resident Paul Randall, owner of Summit Medical Group, who pleaded guilty in 2012 to participating in a spinal surgery kickback scheme; Harold Persaud, a doctor in Westlake, Ohio, who was convicted in 2015 of health care fraud and money laundering; and Keith DeOrio, a provider in Santa Monica, Calif., whose license was revoked earlier this year after he repeatedly violated the Medical Practice Act.
The Electronic Access to Surgical Events app lets hospital clinicians send a patient's family or friends texts, photos and videos from the operating room. The app uses secure encryption that complies with HIPAA and HITECH privacy regulations, and all messages disappear 60 seconds after they are viewed to protect security.
King's College Hospital in London is testing a thermal camera that can detect hot spots on the feet of patients with diabetes that could indicate the possible appearance of dangerous foot ulcers. Researchers are now studying 100 patients to see if the technique can reduce the risk of ulcers through early treatment.
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