Chiropractor pleads guilty to defrauding Medicaid; 23 nabbed in Texas drug fraud bust;

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> A chiropractor who practiced in the District of Columbia has pleaded guilty to signing fake prescriptions for services to be provided by the district's Medicaid program in exchange for cash. Fifty-seven-year-old Lewis J. Levine of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud Sept. 9 in federal court. Prosecutors say Levine faces a likely range of 10 to 16 months in prison, according to the Associated Press. Article

> Authorities arrested 23 people in Texas for obtaining hydrocodone, oxycodone and alprazolam by calling in fraudulent prescriptions, using stolen prescriptions, altering prescriptions and/or doctor shopping, according to the Department of Justice. Announcement

> The next national prescription drug take-back day is planned for Saturday, Sept. 27, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Announcement

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> There's a strong relationship between time in the hospital and time to infection from a multi-drug resistant pathogen, according to a new study presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Article

> Medicare's 2014 comprehensive measure of hospital readmissions show that 364 hospitals across the country, in states such as Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, have higher hospital readmission rates than the national average. Article

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