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The Seneca Nation of Indians filed a complaint against multiple manufacturers of prescription opioids on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. The Seneca Nation "brings this civil action to eliminate the hazard to public health and safety caused by the opioid epidemic, to abate the nuisance caused thereby, and to recoup monies spent because of Defendants’ false, deceptive, and unfair marketing and/or unlawful diversion of prescription opioids. Such economic damages were foreseeable to Defendants and were sustained because of Defendants’ intentional and/or unlawful actions and omissions."
A podiatrist contracted to provide services to residents of nursing homes located throughout Tennessee was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison for healthcare fraud. Dr. John Cauthon was indicted in October 2015 on seven counts of healthcare fraud and was found guilty on four counts, after a jury trial in September 2017. According to court documents, between May 2014 and August 2015, Cauthon engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare, TennCare, and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, by submitting $200,000 in fraudulent claims for a surgical procedure for nail avulsions, which he did not perform. (Justice.gov)
A doctor practicing in Staten Island, New York, was sentenced Thursday to 48 months in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC of Parsippany, NJ. Thomas V. Savino of Staten Island, was found guilty at trial in October 2017 on all 10 counts of an indictment charging him with one count of conspiring to commit violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Federal Travel Act and wire fraud; three substantive violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute; three substantive violations of the Federal Travel Act; and three substantive violations of wire fraud. (Justice.gov)
The former CEO of a multi-state physical therapy chain based in Houston was sentenced Friday to 19 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $15 million in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Team Work Ready CEO Jeffrey Eugene Rose Sr., 56, had been convicted in 2016 -- along with two of the company's other top officials -- of conspiracy, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, after submitting more than $18 million in fraudulent claims at clinics in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Memphis and Alabama. (Chron.com)
The Department of Veteran's Affairs announced Thursday that the White House has approved an interagency plan to implement President Trump’s executive order supporting Veterans with mental health care and suicide-prevention resources during their transition from uniformed service to civilian life. Signed by the president in January, the executive order directs VA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security to collaborate to provide, to the extent consistent with law, seamless access to mental health care and suicide prevention resources for Veterans, with a focus on the first year after separation from military service. (Blogs.VA.gov)
The Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-452), as amended, requires that the Inspector General report semiannually to the head of the Department and the Congress on the activities of the office. This spring edition of the Semiannual Report to Congress covers OIG activities from October 2017 through March 2018. Historically, about 80% of OIG's resources are directed to work related to Medicare and Medicaid. This is mirrored in the organization and content of the report. (OIG.HHS.gov)
Teladoc, Inc. announced today that, effective May 31, 2018, it has acquired Advance Medical for $352 million. As per a Teladoc press release: "With a broadened international footprint and the ability to offer an expanded set of clinical services worldwide, the combination creates the only global comprehensive virtual care platform capable of serving companies and people everywhere. (Teladoc.com)