Illinois physician pleads guilty to upcoding home health claims

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> An Illinois physician pleaded guilty to intentionally upcoding home health claims and billing for Medicare patients he never treated, including several patients who were already deceased. Announcement

> A New Jersey chiropractor pleaded guilty to taking more than $250,000 in kickbacks in exchange for referrals to physician practices, clinics and medical imaging centers. The guilty plea was negotiated as part of the state attorney general's Commercial Bribery Task Force, which investigates bribes in healthcare. Announcement

> After voiding two years' worth of blood test results, Theranos could be the target of consumer lawsuits, but it could also pique the interest of the Department of Justice since Medicare and Medicaid paid for deceptive blood tests, reports. Article

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> A shift in how antitrust officials examine the anticompetitive effects of mergers could add to the mounting challenges faced by the Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna deals. Article

>  After Highmark sued the federal government for $224 million in unreimbursed losses from its Affordable Care Act policies, there are signs other insurers may consider filing similar suits. Article

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