Sleep clinic pays $200K to settle fraud case; Refugee children exploited in Medicaid scam;

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> Florida's Sleep Medicine Center agreed to pay $200,000 and accept an eight-year exclusion from federal healthcare programs to resolve allegations of billing or unnecessary or never-performed sleep studies, The Washington Examiner reported. Article

> Authorities are investigating Georgia dental clinics for paying kickbacks to recruit refugee children for Medicaid fraud scams, according to WSB-TV. Article

> The federal government filed false claims cases against Michigan neurosurgeon Aria Sabit, M.D. and spinal implant company Reliance Medical Systems for alleged kickbacks and medically unnecessary services, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Distributorships paid doctors to use Reliance spinal implants in surgeries, prosecutors say. Announcement

> Medicare Part D fraud by community pharmacies costs taxpayers billions every year, RX Observer reported. Article

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> Eighty-two Illinois hospitals will pay more than $16 million in collective readmission penalties for not reducing their preventable readmissions, the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced last week. Article

> The death of Joan Rivers has increased scrutiny of outpatient medical centers and ambulatory surgery centers, according to PBS Newshour. Article

And finally … Gas stations bring people inside to cut fraud at the pump. Article