DME owner sentenced to 5 years for setting power wheelchair quotas; Former Houston clinic owners pleaded guilty in $5.4M scheme

> The former owner a Salt Lake City durable medical equipment company was sentenced to 60 months in prison and agreed to pay $4 million in restitution for a power wheelchair scheme in which he "relentlessly" enforced a monthly quota system that demanded each sales representative at Orbit Medical sell 10 wheelchairs per month. Announcement

> Two former Houston clinic owners pleaded guilty to a $5.4 million fraud scheme in which they billed for diagnostic tests that were unnecessary or never performed and paid marketers to recruit patients. Announcement

> Dr. Asad Qamar, the high paid Florida cardiologist facing a federal fraud investigation, has filed bankruptcy a week after a federal court ordered mediation between Qamar and the Department of Justice, according to the Wall Street Journal. Qamar's liabilities were valued between $10 million and $50 million, as were the liabilities of his practice. Article

Health Payer News

> A project at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offers valuable lessons for the healthcare industry's transition to electronic prior authorization. Article

> As the healthcare industry evolves, it appears payers hold the key to sustained success in the form of patient data, prompting mutually beneficial partnerships with providers. Article

And finally… Give your dog a high-five instead. Article