NJ cardiologist gets 6 1/2 years for fraud; Patients, providers need to strike up COPD conversation;

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> A New Jersey cardiologist and Columbia University teacher convicted of defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies out of $19 million was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison, NewJersey.com reported. Article

> Although more Americans are talking to their doctors about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, both patients and providers can do more to strike up the conversation, which is still a major barrier to diagnosing the disease, according to a new online survey released by the National Institutes of Health. Article

> In an effort to create a safer environment for sleeping babies, a Connecticut hospital hosted a training session for 12 hospitals in West Virginia, a state where suffocation and strangulation in an adult bed are the leading causes of death for infants, The Exponent Telegram reported. Article

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> The Government Accountability Office, in a new report, has called on Congress to consider strengthening the consumer privacy framework to take changes in technology into account, as well as the market for consumer information. Article

> Michael Pinch, chief information security officer at the University of Rochester Medical Center, recently spoke to Healthcare IT Security about hospital bring-your-own-device policies. Article

And finally…At least Fido gets healthcare. Article