Author Archives: MPC Admin

What the 2016 Presidential Election Could Mean for ACA’s Future

At the federal level, the nation’s two major political parties have vastly different visions for the future of healthcare. The election will help to determine which course the nation follows for the foreseeable future. What are the likely outcomes depending … Continue reading

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CMS’ Slavitt Signals Tough Stance on Drug Costs

Dive Brief: As the U.S. faces increasing drug costs, pharmaceutical companies and investors can either continue to fight reality or to face it, CMS acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told attendees at last week’s Biopharma Congress in Washington, DC. As things stand, … Continue reading

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Dental Clinic Owners Indicted for Health Care, Payroll Tax Fraud

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that Marshfield, Mo., husband and wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in health care fraud and payroll tax fraud schemes that … Continue reading

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Walgreens Clinical Pharmacy Manager Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme

On Oct. 25, 2016, Amber Reilly, 33, of Jonesborough, Tenn., pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud contained in a federal information, before the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge.  Reilly was the former Clinical Pharmacy Manager at … Continue reading

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Whistleblowing Staffer Claims Hospital Center Dangerously Understaffed

A senior staffer with knowledge of the Intensive Care Unit and Trauma Center at the Prince George’s Hospital Center claimed severe understaffing is endangering patients’ lives while hospital operator Dimensions Healthcare has done little to solve the problem. “Signs and … Continue reading

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Former American Senior Communities Executives Indicted

United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced the indictment of four individuals for their roles in a vast fraud, kickback, and money laundering scheme involving Indiana nursing home chain American Senior Communities (ASC).  Those charged include James Burkhart, 51, of Carmel, … Continue reading

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Lifecare Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $145 Million

Life Care Centers of America Inc. (Life Care) and its owner, Forrest L. Preston, have agreed to pay $145 million to resolve a government lawsuit alleging that Life Care violated the False Claims Act by knowingly causing skilled nursing facilities … Continue reading

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Treating The Patient vs. The Healthcare System

The Physicians Foundation recently released its findings from this year’s biennial physician survey.  What surprised us the most, or should we say amazed us, were the 10,170 physicians who took the additional time to send us commentaries that filled more … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Getting Earful Over Rising Health Care Premiums

The skyrocketing cost of health care premiums is suddenly center stage in Campaign 2016. State lawmakers are calling for a Special Session to fix what they say are catastrophic premium hikes. But now, political experts say the rate hike crisis … Continue reading

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AARP Sues US Agency Over Wellness Incentive Rules

A lobbying group representing older Americans sued the Obama administration on Monday claiming regulations for programs designed to rein in employee health care costs will subject workers to invasions of their medical privacy. Rules released in May by the U.S. … Continue reading

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