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FBI HHS $1 billion Medicare fraud
By Jeff Lagasse 04:01 pm July 22, 2016
Philip Esformes, Odette Barcha, and Arnaldo Carmouze were charged with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering in a wide-ranging billing scam. 
CMS fraud analytics

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By Jack McCarthy 12:29 pm July 22, 2016
The agency used advanced analytics, partnered with law enforcement, instituted more stringent screening practices and moved away from its so-called pay-and-chase method to save billion of dollars. 

CMS said it would soon release facility-specific ratings on its Hospital Compare website.

By Jeff Lagasse 10:31 am July 22, 2016
Specific hospital ratings will be posted on the CMS Hospital Compare website soon.

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on July 21 a $36 million effort to boost health IT use at health centers across the country.

By Bernie Monegain 10:10 am July 22, 2016
Its focus is on primary care in medically underserved communities.
Donald Trump repeal Obamacare

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called the Affordable Care Act "disastrous" during his acceptance speech Thursday night. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

By Tom Sullivan 10:04 am July 22, 2016
At the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump called The Affordable Care Act disastrous, promised to replace the law and said he would take better care of military veterans. 
AHA patient access medical records
By Bernie Monegain 09:09 am July 22, 2016
The American Hospital Association found that providers are enabling patients to conduct more tasks online, including paying bills, contacting their provider, and scheduling appointments.
By Mike Miliard 11:14 am July 21, 2016
HHS and VA have made huge investments in infrastructure and cybersecurity. With its massive EHR modernization project the DHA is also opening its purse strings.

California’s registry, run by the state Department of Public Health, has amassed data on more than 4.5 million cancer patients since it began collecting information in 1988.

By Kaiser Health News 11:01 am July 21, 2016
Researchers in California regularly use a database to search for trends, confirm potential cancer clusters and identify disparities in screening and outcomes.
Ransomware
By Jack McCarthy 10:57 am July 21, 2016
Researchers propose tactics for preventing ransomware attacks and learning from them when they do occur, based on NIST’s cybersecurity framework. 
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivers a speech at the Republican National Convention on July 20 in Cleveland, Ohio. Pence has drawn criticism from the left and the right for various health care stances. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Kaiser Health News 10:52 am July 21, 2016
As a congressman, Pence was an early advocate for defunding Planned Parenthood.

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