Survey data from 2016 showed 16% of 278 small employers levied surcharges on employee health plans for tobacco use but 47% of them did not offer tobacco-cessation programs, researchers reported in Health Affairs. The study found 37% of employers overall had tobacco-cessation programs, most commonly in health care jobs.
Makers of brand-name drugs are liable to lawsuits over adverse effects linked to generic versions of their drugs if they decline to update labels with current safety information, according to a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, Intermountain Healthcare, Ascension Health, SSM Health and Trinity Health are incorporating a nonprofit organization to produce generic drugs that are either in short supply or are versions of off-patent drugs with minimal competition, and 70 hospital systems have expressed interest in joining the effort.
It can be easy to make costly filing mistakes during tax season while also juggling all the tasks that come with running a small business. Joyce Rosenberg reviews five of the most common errors to avoid regarding 1099 forms and deductions.
Jimmie Anthony, a licensed physical therapist and operator of West Shore Comfort Home Care Services in Muskegon County, Mich., could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on two counts of health care fraud. The indictment says Anthony improperly billed Medicare for unprovided skilled nursing services and physical therapy sessions in September and October of 2015 and instructed employees to falsify progress notes to support the claims.
Gurcharan Kanwal, a doctor from Wise County, Va., received a two-month probation term and was ordered to pay $970,000 in fines, restitution and forfeiture after pleading guilty to drug distribution and health care fraud charges. Court records showed Kanwal deliberately improperly prescribed Ritalin and hydrocodone outside the scope of medical practice to an undercover investigator from Sept. 19, 2016, and Feb. 22, 2017, and submitted fraudulent claims to the state Medicaid program for unnecessary or unprovided services supposedly rendered to the investigator.
Vidya Banka, a cardiologist and former director of Pennsylvania Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab, will pay a $126,617 civil penalty to resolve accusations that he performed medically unnecessary cardiac stent procedures at the hospital from May 2010 to September 2012. Banka also agreed to be excluded from Medicare and other federal health programs for five years, prosecutors say.
Elijah Sorina, a resident of New Orleans, La., was charged of theft of government funds on allegations of fraudulently collecting Social Security disability funds. Sorina, who claimed he was disabled and could not work, started working as a school bus driver in 2014 but failed to disclose it to the Social Security Administration, allowing him to fraudulently collect $19,897 in disability benefits to which he was not entitled from May 2014 to August 2016, the indictment states.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers created an EHR data mining technique to detect undiagnosed genetic diseases, according to a study published in the journal Science. Researchers applied phenotype risk scores to almost 22,000 genotyped patients and found a correlation between rare genetic variants and severe outcomes including organ transplants in 16 patients, and 18 ties between rare genetic variants and phenotypes consistent with Mendelian diseases.