Equipment supplier faces 140 years in prison for fraud; Magnets for pain relief overhyped;

> A federal jury in Louisiana unanimously voted to convict a medical equipment supplier for defrauding Medicare, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Ahaoma Boniface Ohia faces up to 140 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1.75 million for falsely reporting equipment was necessary, ordered by doctors and provided as claimed. Announcement

> Magnetic bracelets marketed to relieve pain are "a paradise for charlatans," according to complementary medicine specialist and researcher Edzard Ernst, M.D., Ph.D. Blog post

> Raising the question of when data mining becomes unethical, parents mobilize against White House efforts to collect longitudinal data on students, Politico reported. Article

> Medicare paid New Jersey ambulance providers for trips to dialysis centers at a rate more than three times the national average, ProPublica reported. Article

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> Patient advocate organizations, whether state-run, not-for-profits or for-profits, can shave millions of dollars a year from hospital and medical bills, the Wall Street Journal reported. Article

> Arizona's Department of Health Services unveiled a website last week that provides both quality and pricing data for the state's hospitals. Article

And Finally... Mother/daughter nursing home execs agree to lifetime exclusion to settle alleged $2.75 million Florida Medicaid fraud. Article