Imaging firm charged with engaging in kickback scheme; Imaging studies find 'profound' abnormalities in football players' brains;

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> Illinois Farmer's Insurance has filed a $1.9 million federal lawsuit against Minnesota-based Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., it's owner, and referring chiropractors, charging that the imaging provider engaged in a kickback scheme to defraud the state's no-fault insurance system by paying 46 chiropractors for ordering patients to undergo unnecessary MRI procedures, HealthImaging reported. Article

> Brain imaging studies of retired American football players have shown "profound abnormalities in brain activity," according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. The study reports that the scans showed unusual activity linked to the number of times the players received head injuries during their careers and that these players may have developed small neurological defects doctors may not see with regular testing, HealthDay News reported. Article

> Researchers at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University are reporting that they have developed a noninvasive technique called optical metabolic imaging that can distinguish breast cancer subtypes and detect breast cancer earlier. As reported in the journal Cancer Research, optical metabolic imaging takes advantage of the different metabolic activities detected in cancerous as opposed to normal cells. Announcement

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> A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates millions of Americans will fall into the so-called "Medicaid gap" wherein they earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid benefits in their state and too little to obtain subsidies on the health insurance exchange. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been slow to act on data it has collected that could help it implement a technical solution for removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards, a newly released Government Accountability Office report concluded. Article

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