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FedEx accused of delivering drugs for illegal pharmacies

FedEx Corporation, a Memphis-based global courier delivery company, was indicted last week for shipping drugs for illegal online pharmacies. A federal grand jury charged the company with 15 counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs and drug trafficking.

States turn to smart cards to curb Medicaid fraud

States are exploring the use of smart cards to verify Medicaid recipients' identities and foil fraud, according to NJ.com opinion piece.

SIUs should cast skeptical eye on some health data

Data aren't always accurate, complete or reliable, so fraud fighters should view them with awareness that "the quality of the information upon which the government relies has often been in doubt," according to Forbes.

Fraud by unlicensed providers a growing concern

Scams related to healthcare services by unlicensed individuals highlight not only fraud-related financial loss but also patient safety risks. Cases presenting this combination of issues should be a top priority for investigators.

The eye-popping costs of defending Halifax Health

Halifax Health--a Florida hospital system enmeshed in a high-profile whistleblower lawsuit--has spent $22.8 million in legal fees to defend itself through lawyers charging up to $935 an hour, The Daytona Beach News Journal reported.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee has directed the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee to submit a report on the technical, operational and financial barriers to information-sharing among electronic health records systems--what it calls the "information-blocking problem"--and what should be done to combat it. The order comes in a draft budget report that recommends a $61.474 million budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT rather than the $74.688 million it had requested.