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21st Century Cures Bill Passes Senate

Dive Brief: The Senate voted 94-5 on Wednesday to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. The legislative package will now head to President Obama’s desk, who is expected to sign the bill into law. Over the course of 10 years, … Continue reading

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Iowa Dental Chain Settles Federal Whistleblower Lawsuit

An Iowa dental office chain has settled a whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicaid fraud. The Des Moines Register reports  that Lifepoint Dental Partners, which has five clinics in Iowa, agreed to pay $300,000 to settle the lawsuit filed in April by … Continue reading

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FLSA Overtime Rule Hearing Decision Expected Next Week

UPDATE: A ruling is expected to be issued on November 22, National Law Review reported. Another hearing trial could be set on November 28 if the motion is denied, NLR reported. This doesn’t leave much time to wait out whether … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Disperses Last of Grants to Fund Health Information Exchanges

With its economic stimulus funds dwindling, the out-going Obama administration is still backing health information exchanges meant to spur better patient care. Using leftover money from a $2 billion appropriation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology … Continue reading

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Is Paul Ryan Already Eyeing Medicare Cuts?

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that Medicare has “serious problems” that would need to be addressed when Congress moves to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care reform law — a signal that he is willing to immediately enter … Continue reading

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Mother, Son Face Prison Time for Pharmacy Fraud

A mother and son based in Miami were sentenced today to 120 months and 30 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in spearheading a $9.5 million health care fraud conspiracy that targeted Medicare Part D. Assistant Attorney General Leslie … Continue reading

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Senators Demand Mylan Repay $50M to the Pentagon for EpiPen

A group of senators wants to know if Mylan Pharmaceuticals will refund $50 million for charging the Department of Defense “exorbitant rates” at retail pharmacies for the EpiPen emergency allergy device. Their demand followed a Reuters report last week that Pentagon spending … Continue reading

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Feds Probing Express Scripts’ Relationships with Drugmakers, Specialty Pharmacies

Federal investigators are looking into Express Scripts’ dealings with pharma companies, charitable foundations and specialty pharmacies. The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager on Tuesday revealed it received a civil investigative demand in August from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern … Continue reading

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2017 Trial for Alleged Leader in $1B Health Care Fraud

A fall 2017 trial date is set for a South Florida businessman accused of orchestrating a $1 billion Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme. Court records show a Miami federal judge on Wednesday scheduled 48-year-old Philip Esformes’ trial for Sept. 18. … Continue reading

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CHS Ups Hospital Divestitures to 17

Community Health Systems is now working on seven transactions to sell 17 hospitals, its home-care business and other real estate, CEO Wayne Smith said during a third-quarter earnings call with analysts Wednesday. The developing divestitures have combined revenue of about … Continue reading

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