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Thursday, April 23, 2009

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OIG Official: Fighting Fraud is Critical to Healthcare Reform

By: Kristen Kohrt, April 22, 2009

Office of Inspector General Chief Counsel Lewis Morris stressed to the Senate Finance Committee this week the ongoing urgent need to fight healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse in order to foster the healthcare reform the SFC is working toward.

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AHA Issues Member Advisory on RAC Program

By: Andrea Kraynak, CPC-A, April 22, 2009

With so many Medicare reimbursement dollars at stake, it is no surprise that everyone is putting in their two cents. Make no mistake—the wealth of information becoming available is a good thing. The more you know about the Recovery Audit Contractor program, the better you will be able to manage the process.

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Quest Diagnostics Agrees to Pay $302 million in False Claims Case

By: Kristen Kohrt, April 22, 2009

Quest Diagnostics Inc., and its subsidiary Nichols Institute Diagnostics recently entered into a global settlement with the U.S. government that includes a $40 million criminal fine and a $262 million fine to resolve False Claims Act allegations.

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FAA Intends to Publish New Medical Flight Regulation

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2009

At a Congressional subcommittee hearing today, April 22, an official from the Federal Aviation Administration testified before lawmakers that the agency will begin drafting a new rulemaking for hospital EMS flights.

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Health System Lays Off Nurse During Surgery

By: Keri Mucci, April 22, 2009

A Dean Health System physician made an incision during a recent routine surgery, but it's a manager's cut during the procedure that is making waves. Healthcare professionals are now questioning why the manager laid off a nurse during the recent surgical procedure.

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