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Report: Steps needed to better fight health care fraud

It's understood that the federal government is an enormous labyrinth that stretches into every corner of the nation. There are about two million federal employees (not counting members of the armed forces), so it is impossible for any one person or agency to watch over it all.

Clinical labs are increasingly under the regulators' microscope

Where would today's medical profession be without clinical labs? So much of proper diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness are dependent on the tests conducted on blood, urine and saliva in those labs in New York and elsewhere.

Stakes couldn't be higher in health care fraud sentencing

Last month, New York City media outlets reported that the months-long bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez and co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen had ended in mistrial. Earlier this year, Melgen had been convicted of Medicare fraud, but sentencing in that case was postponed until the bribery trial was concluded.

Medicaid and Medicare fraud at Manhattan pharmacy alleged

It is invariably disturbing and even frightening to receive a subpoena or to be indicted as part of a civil or criminal investigation. A Manhattan pharmacy owner and a pharmacist at the Tribeca locale were recently indicted on grand larceny charges, according to a news report.

Menendez trial highlights Medicare fraud issues

Though the trial of Sen. Bob Menendez is competing for national media coverage with a number of other major news stories, it has brought attention to several important issues, including health care fraud. Menendez is charged with bribery in a case that revolves around his friendship with co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen.

New York doctors, therapists, others charged with health care fraud

State and federal agencies combined in an investigation involving two medical company owners, three physicians, three licensed physical and occupational therapists and a chiropractor. The New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General teamed up with an assortment of law enforcement offices in uncovering $125 million in alleged Medicaid and Medicare fraud, the office stated.

Physicians can pay a heavy price for billing errors

People who have received a medical bill and people who have sent out medical bills can both testify to the truth of a recent report that says most medical bills contain errors. In fact, the error rate might be as high as 80 percent, says a health care advocacy group. Reinforcing the claim is Kaiser Health's related research that shows that the cost to citizens and companies for medical-billing mistakes is a staggering $68 billion.

Fraudulent Medicare billing charges filed against cancer centers

21st Century Oncology has three locations in the state of New York: Utica, Mt. Kisco, and closest to New York City, a location in Yonkers. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute says it has nearly 100 treatment locations in the Sunshine State.

National Report Health Care Fraud Week is underway

If you are like most New York City residents, your 2017 calendar includes mentions of the Fourth Of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and maybe even Groundhog Day. It probably does not include notes marking National Report Health Care Fraud Week, however. Regardless, it takes place in the second week of August, which means it is well underway.

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