Infection-control violations endanger hospital's Medicare status; Former NY Presbyterian employees get prison time for kickbacks;

> Exeter Hospital may lose its Medicare funding, Seacoast Online reported. After making several site visits, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found infection-control deficiencies related to the hepatitis C outbreak. CMS threatened to terminate the Medicare agreement if compliance isn't met at the next on-site compliance check. Article

> Last week, California-based Prime Healthcare Services received court approval to buy Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I., the Brown Daily Herald reported. The deal comes weeks after Massachusetts operator Steward Health Care System pulled out if its planned merger with Landmark. Article

> South Carolina's Medicaid Fraud Unit saw its caseload jump 65 percent between 2008 and 2010, doubling its recoveries from $15.3 million in 2008 to $30.3 million in 2010, according to a new report by the Office of Inspector General. However, the report found the files lacked consistent documentation of periodic supervisory reviews. Report

> The former vice president and the former director of facilities operations at New York Presbyterian Hospital received their sentences for their involvement in an eight-year kickback scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Santo Saglimbeni and Emilio "Tony" Figueroa will serve 48 months and 37 months in prison, respectively, in addition to paying $250,000 and $25,000 in criminal fines. Announcement

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