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> The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is reviewing reports of retribution against whistleblowers from 37 Department of Veterans Affairs employees in 19 states, according to The Daily Caller. Article

> Former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Richard P. Kusserow offers advice on evaluating and choosing an external hotline vendor in a commentary for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Commentary

> The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against five pharmaceutical companies, alleging (among other concerns) that they defrauded the city by getting its health plans and insurers to pay for unnecessary opiates, VICE News reported. Article

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> As Medicare Advantage plans rack up costs across the country, many states are facing federal investigations due to overbilling, according to the Center for Public Integrity. Article

> Pennsylvania's largest health insurer, Highmark, recently notified nearly 3,700 Medicare Advantage members that some of their personal and medical information had been leaked without authorization, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Article

And Finally... Dancing hamster actor and Madonna back-up singer charged with disability fraud. Article