Nationwide phone scam targets seniors; Medicaid fraud becomes campaign issue in North Carolina senate race;

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> A nationwide telemarketing scam is targeting seniors, KAKE-TV reported. Callers request bank account and Medicare numbers purportedly to send victims a new Medicare card but later make unauthorized account withdrawals. Article

> Medicaid fraud has become an issue in the North Carolina senate race, according to The Fayetteville Observer. Democratic challenger Billy Richardson accused Republican incumbent Wesley Meredith of collecting Medicaid benefits inappropriately 18 years ago on behalf of his newborn son. Article

> A Florida shell company operator admitted to participating in a $12 million Medicare fraud and money laundering scheme, the FBI announced. Leslie Austin filed claims through phony clinics for never-rendered radiology, cardiology and audiology services resulting from illegal kickbacks. Announcement

Health Insurance News

> As insurers continue the shift toward value-based reimbursement, two Medicaid health plans improved members' health outcomes and lowered costs by combining value-based payments with a fee-for-service approach. Article

> Insurers might want to say a big thank you to "60 Minutes" for airing a show Sunday night about the extremely high cost of cancer drugs. Many drugs used to treat cancers cost more than $100,000 a year, a large portion of which is often absorbed by insurers. Article

And Finally... Addicts stage kidnapping to get last-fling drug money before rehab. Article