ACA neutrally affects small businesses in California; 3 Medicare fraud and abuse risk areas to target;

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> Nearly two-thirds of 680 surveyed small businesses said the Affordable Care Act has had a neutral or positive effect on their business, according to a poll from the California Bank & Trust. Announcement

> House Democrats on Tuesday introduced a bill (HR 274) that would overhaul the nation's mental healthcare system to better prevent and treat mental illness, The Hill reported. Article

> Don Berwick, M.D., former administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, wants to bring single-payer healthcare to Massachusetts, according to Vox. Article

Anti-Fraud News

> Government agencies and contractors must make a more concerted effort to reduce improper Medicare payments, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Inspector General Gloria Jarmon told lawmakers last week, who cited three key areas of concern. Article

> The Department of Justice is ramping up enforcement efforts focused on questionable financial arrangements among providers, as an influx of kickback cases make headlines nationwide. Article

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