Orange County nursing homes lead the country in therapy reimbursement; Dallas area doctors and nurses charged in $13.4 million home health scheme

> Nursing homes in Orange County, California outpace the rest of the country when it comes to high rates of therapy, according to the OC Register. Seventy-two percent of rehab patients in OC nursing homes received ultra-high reimbursement for therapy in 2014, compared to 58 percent nationwide. Article

> Two doctors and four nurses, administrators and owners of a Dallas-area home health clinic have been charged with a $13.4 million fraud scheme that took place between 2007 and 2015. Announcement

> A New York clinic owner, along with two therapists, a clinic manager and a chiropractor, were sentenced last week for their roles in a $4 million Medicare fraud scheme involving medically unnecessary physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic services. Announcement

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> Leftover cancer drugs contribute to approximately $3 billion in waste each year, according to a new study. Providers purchase single-dose vials of cancer drugs, but end up throwing out a portion of the vial since treatments are determined based on a patient's body weight. Authors of the study recommend policymakers explore ways to reduce leftover drugs that contribute to wasteful spending by both public and private insurers. Article

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> The Inspector General for Veterans Affairs has yet to release findings from an investigation it launched nearly two years ago reviewing scheduling problems and wait times at VA hospitals. The OIG said it would release its findings "shortly," but officials have stated that violations "range from simple rule violations to deliberate fraud." Article

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