N.Y. fraud sweep nabs 31; Planned Parenthood protests Wisconsin clinic audits;

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> New York authorities arrested 31 people for allegedly defrauding Medicare, public assistance, food stamps and day care in a scheme extending from New York City to Orange County, according to TimeWarner Cable News. Article   

> Two Wisconsin family planning clinics are being audited for allegedly overbilling Medicaid $3.5 million for birth control drugs, devices and other services, OneNewsNow reported. Planned Parenthood says the clinics' selection for review was politically motivated. Article

> The Office of Inspector General released its latest report on management and performance challenges facing the Department of Health and Human Services. Among the key issues are ensuring appropriate use of prescription drugs in Medicare and Medicaid, protecting an expanding Medicaid program from fraud, and fighting waste and fraud while promoting value in Medicare Parts A and B, according to former HHS Inspector General Richard P. Kusserow. Commentary

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> The Department of Veterans Affairs fired Sharon Helman, the head of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, after an investigation confirmed a lack of oversight and other misconduct occurred under her leadership. Article

> Meaningful cost containment within the healthcare system depends on patients carefully monitoring how much they pay for care, according to Marketwatch. Article

And finally … Rhode Island counterfeiter puts the wrong pictures on fake money. Article