New York City pays $4.3M for fire department's improper ambulance service billing; 2 CA physicians convicted of falsely certifying patients as terminally ill

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> The City of New York will pay $4.3 million as part of a False Claims Act settlement to resolve claims that the New York City Fire Department submitted improper claims to Medicare through it's ambulance billing contractor. Announcement

> Two California physicians were convicted of falsely certifying patients as terminally ill in order to qualify for hospice-related services as part of a scheme which fraudulently billed Medicare $8.8 million. Announcement

> A California oncologist and his wife agreed to pay $300,000 to settle allegations that the couple billed Medicare for chemotherapy drugs that weren't approved by the FDA. Announcement

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> If the Department of Justice's leadership and recent decisions are any indication, the pending Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers are facing an uphill battle to gain federal regulators' approval. Article

> The first quarter of 2016 brought both positive and negative tidings for the nation's five largest health insurers. Article

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