FBI: Hospital orders unneeded tracheotomies to falsely bill Medicare; Providers navigate potential healthcare uses for Google Glass;

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> Michigan's Mercy Memorial Hospital System will lay off 20 workers by July and cut the hours of 70 other employees as it tries to balance its budget, the Monroe News reported. Article

> The Federal Bureau of Investigation alleges Chicago's Sacred Heart Hospital kept patients too sedated to breathe on their own and then ordered unneeded tracheotomies for them, for which Medicare paid $160,000 per case, Bloomberg reported. Article

> Of 423 claims reviewed by the Office of Inspector General, Aibonito Mennonite General Hospital, operating in Puerto Rico, failed to fully comply with Medicare billing requirements for 69 claims, resulting in $279,000 worth of overpayments for calendar years 2010 and 2011. Report

Health IT News

> It's time to think about how physicians--and not just techies at Google headquarters--can use Google Glass. Article

> A host of medical groups are up in arms over an April proposal by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that potentially would allow protected mental health information to be reported to a federal gun background-check database. Article

And Finally… That bear did not want seconds. Article