Judge orders Warner Chilcott to pay $125M in fines; Miami physician gets nine years for home health fraud

> Six months after Warner Chilcott pleaded guilty to fraud charges, a federal judge ordered the company to pay $125 million in criminal fines, forfeiture and restitution. The pharmaceutical company admitted to illegally promoting seven drugs and paying kickback to physicians. Article

> A Miami physician was sentenced to 108 months in prison for a $30 million Medicare fraud scheme in which he took kickbacks in exchange for prescribing unnecessary home health services and falsifying patient records. Announcement

> A former healthcare consultant and Medicare biller was sentenced to 135 months for directing and authorizing kickbacks to recruiters who referred patients for intensive mental health treatment. Announcement

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> If a federal advisory panel gets its way, health insurers will soon have greater incentives to manage beneficiaries' prescription drug use and negotiate discounts with pharmaceutical manufacturers. Article

> In an office complex in Baltimore, a diverse group of experts is conducting more than 60 experiments with one common goal--to reinvent Medicare payment models, and, by extension, the whole U.S. healthcare system. Article

And finally… The one wedding where wet noodles are welcome. Article

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