OIG seeks 170 healthcare fraud fugitives; Doctor shopping led to increased drug use by orthopaedic patients;

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> The Office of Inspector General is seeking more than 170 fugitives on charges related to healthcare fraud and abuse. List

> Doctor shopping led to measurable drug use increases among postoperative orthopaedic trauma patients, according to a study presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Announcement

> Reclassifying hydrocodone as a Schedule II prescription drug might reduce its frequent theft, the Los Angeles Times reported. Article

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> Organized labor's push for healthcare price transparency expanded to South Florida, with a union for public employees demanding more cost data from hospitals, physicians and health plans. Article

> The 25 hospitals throughout Florida designated as trauma centers routinely charge patients tens of thousands of dollars more than facilities without similar designations, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Article

And Finally... Identity thief sentenced for filing fraudulent tax return in the name of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Announcement

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