US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) More than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday.Sessions called the collective action the “largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history” and said it indicates that some doctors, nurses and pharmacists “have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients.”Among those charged are six Michigan doctors accused of a scheme to prescribe unnecessary opioids. A Florida rehab facility is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards and visits to strip clubs, leading to $58 million in false treatments and tests.Officials said those charged in the schemes include more than 120 people involved in illegally prescribing and distributing narcotic painkillers. Such prescription opioids are behind the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history. More than 52,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2015 – a record – and experts believe the numbers have continued to rise.“In some cases, we had addicts packed into standing-room-only waiting rooms waiting for these prescriptions,” acting FBI director Andrew McCabe said. “They are a death sentence, plain and simple.”Nearly 300 health care providers are being suspended or banned from participating in federal health care programs, Sessions said.“They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves, often at the expense of taxpayers, but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start,” Sessions said.Health care fraud sweeps like Thursday’s happen each year across the country, but law enforcement officials continue to grapple over the best way to fight the problem.The people charged were illegally billing Medicare, Medicaid and the health insurance program that serves members of the armed forces, retired service members and their families, the Justice Department said. The allegations include claims that those charged billed the programs for unnecessary drugs that were never purchased or given to the patients. Published: July 13, 2017 1:05 PM EDT US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion Author: Associated Press center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

‘Historic debate’ planned for Kalinago Territory

first_img Share 29 Views   5 comments Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Event organizer, Tiyani BehanzinA discussion on whether Dominica’s indigenous people should govern themselves will be the focus on Sunday, 2nd June from 2:30pm at the Barana Aute in the Kalinago Territory.This “historic debate” will seek to address concerns regarding the future of the Kalinago people.According to event organizer Tiyani Behanzin, the debate will focus on “Whether The Kalinago People Should Have Full Autonomy From The State Of Dominica”.He said there is normally a lot of issues as to whether or not smaller populations within a small population can sustain itself as an independent entity, and there are a lot of steps that one would expect to be in place is that is to happen.Mr. Behanzin is of the view that the Kalinago people have a very “tall order” as it relates to discrimination from the larger population.“The issue of discrimination forces a type of discrimination for the Kalinago people and a lot of the Kalinago’s themselves are having the same issues that we are having in Dominica, like migration in search of better life. They have the same problem but it will affect them more because they are a smaller population,” he told Dominica Vibes News.The organizer stated that this is an issue that both residents of the Kalinago community and persons of African descent need to understand and address.The issue will be debated upon by four speakers to include former kalinago chief Charles Williams and former extension officer for the Kalinago community, Francis Joseph. Kalinago Chief, Garnet Joseph will open and close the event which is partly organized by the Kalinago Development Foundation.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews ‘Historic debate’ planned for Kalinago Territory by: – June 1, 2013last_img read more

Rashida Jones says she did not leave ‘Toy Story 4’ over rumored sexual advance

first_imgRashida Jones on ABC’s “black-ish”; ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — Actress and writer Rashida Jones is denying a report that she quit Toy Story 4 because of an unwanted sexual advance from Disney/Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter. Lasseter announced Tuesday that he’s taking a six-month leave of absence from the animation studios, in the wake of allegations of workplace misconduct.In a statement to Variety, Jones and her writing partner, Will McCormack — who were scheduled to worked as writers on the Toy Story sequel — say they left the project over “philosophical differences” related, they say, to the role of women and people of color at Pixar, not because of a sexual advance, as The Hollywood Reporter had alleged.“The break neck speed at which journalists have been naming the next perpetrator renders some reporting irresponsible and, in fact, counterproductive for the people who do want to tell their stories,” the pair said in the statement. “We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. That said, we are happy to see people speaking out about behavior that made them uncomfortable. As for us, we parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.”The Hollywood Reporter published a story Tuesday afternoon, prior to Lasseter’s announcement, detailing his alleged misconduct in the workplace, saying while Lasseter was known for hugging employees, he was also known for “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes.” The story also contained the allegation regarding Jones.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more