Former hospital CFO charged in homeless fraud scheme; White House kicks off national text campaign for prenatal care;

> Vincent Rubio, the former CFO at Tustin Hospital in Los Angeles, is pleading guilty to paying kickbacks for homeless patients recruited from skid row. Rubio is the fifth person charged in the scheme, which also involves City of Angels Hospital. Article

> Mobile phones are showing their reach with the text-for-charity efforts that have raised millions of dollars, $10 at a time, for Haiti earthquake relief. Now, the Obama administration and some health insurance, pharmaceutical and technology companies are trying to harness the power of text messaging to aid in prenatal care. FierceMobileHealthcare

> Discount health plans in California that target poor and elderly patients now are being closely monitored by state regulators, who want to ensure that such programs don't take advantage of patients. Article

> Merck and GlaxoSmithKline could get a boost from New York lawmakers. Two bills working their way through the New York State legislature would mandate that schoolchildren receive a human papillomavirus vaccine, even without a parent's consent. FiercePharma

And Finally... Seems like everyone is desperate for a coat during these chilly winter months. Article

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