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The long arm of illegal internet pharmacies

Many illegal online outlets distribute dangerous and addictive drugs without a valid prescription or medical supervision, and this contributes to drug abuse, customer endangerment and increased healthcare costs. 

Medicaid analytics deal in Texas raises eyebrows

The Texas state office responsible for countering Medicaid fraud is on the verge of signing a $90 million contract with an analytics firm that has limited experience with the program, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

CareAll Management settles second false claims case

CareAll Management, LLC, one of Tennessee's largest home healthcare providers, agreed to pay $25 million plus interest to resolve allegations of filing false and upcoded Medicare and Medicaid claims, the Department of Justice announced.

OIG: Medicare took a haircut on cardiac device replacements

Hospitals that received manufacturer credits for replacing cardiac medical devices didn't to pass the savings along to Medicare through required claims adjustments, an Office of Inspector General audit found. 

Feds ramp up undercover operations

The federal government has expanded undercover operations, with staff from at least 40 agencies assuming false identities to expose corruption, The New York Times reported.

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