OIG's proposed exclusion changes face criticism; Upwardly-mobile technician commits fraud;

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> Prominent healthcare industry groups, including the American Medical Association, oppose the Office of Inspector General's proposed rule increasing the agency's exclusion authority, according to Bloomberg BNA. Blog Post

> An X-ray technician who rose to become vice president of operations at a portable X-ray company committed a $2.5 million healthcare fraud, according the U.S. Department of Justice. Announcement

> North Carolina will collect part of a $7.3 million multistate settlement with Astellas Pharma to settle allegations that it unlawfully marketed the antibiotic drug Mycamine, the North Carolina Department of Justice announced Thursday. Announcement

Health Finance News  

> To reduce healthcare costs, the U.S. healthcare system must reduce spending, which is at a 10-year high, Aetna Chairman Mark T. Bertolini wrote in an opinion piece for USA Today. Article

> More than 1,500 hospitals improved care for more than 143,000 patients and saved more than $1.3 billion since January 2012 through a joint initiative between two major healthcare advocacy organizations. Article

And Finally... Mother of 14 pleads no contest to welfare fraud. Article