Texas hospital chain owner guilty on all fraud counts; NQF approves trial for adjusted quality measures;

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> A jury found Tariq Mahmood, M.D., a Texas hospital chain owner, guilty on 15 counts of Medicare fraud, for which he faces up to 20 years in prison, according to the Dallas Morning News. Article

> The National Quality Forum's (NQF) board of directors approved a trial period to determine the impact of controlling for sociodemographic factors among quality measures, according to an announcement from the NQF. Announcement

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> Hospitals will continue to use the 340B program to purchase so-called "orphan drugs" at a deep discount even if they are not being used for their specific purpose, AHA News Now reports. Article

> Hospitals in the two dozen states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act begin to feel the financial fallout of that decision, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. Article

> Downstate New York hospitals will receive the majority of $8 billion in extra Medicaid funding approved to help the state reduce preventable admissions, a trade group leader told Albany Business Review. Article

And Finally… Not so sweet as honey. Article