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> Pharmacy benefits manager Caremark, LLC agreed to pay the government $6 million to settle allegations of knowingly failing to reimburse Medicaid for prescription drug costs paid for beneficiaries who also qualified for drug benefits under Caremark-administered commercial plans, the Department of Justice announced. Announcement
> The Office of Inspector General is seeking more than 170 fugitives wanted on charges of healthcare fraud and abuse. List
> Carmine G. Mandarano, M.D. of East Islip, New York, pleaded guilty to illegal distribution of oxycodone, the Department of Justice announced. Mandarano faces up to 20 years behind bars and a $1 million fine. Announcement
> The rise of coordinated healthcare fraud enforcement has "ratcheted up the intensity in administrative, civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions," according to Law 360. Article (registration required).
> Despite early success among some of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, four more hospital systems recently dropped out, leaving just 19 of the original 32 organizations, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Article
> Rural providers have been largely left out of the healthcare industry's shift toward accountability, the Chicago Tribune reports. Article
And finally… Turtle smuggler busted in Detroit. Article