The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas recently announced that four healthcare executives have been sentenced for their involvement in a $189 million healthcare fraud scheme. Defendants: Bobby Rouse, 81, received 120 months; David Edson, 72, received 48 months, Steven House worth, 47, and Jeffrey Parsons, 62, both received 30 months. They…

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A Connecticut home healthcare company and its owner have agreed to pay a little more than $28,000 to settle allegations that they improperly employed a physical therapist who had been excluded from all federal healthcare programs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has the authority to exclude individuals…

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A Pennsylvania addiction treatment center is the target of a class action lawsuit alleging that it not only failed to protect patients’ personal health information, but also that its “negligence and deceptive practices” resulted in the inappropriate access of information on nearly 8,000 people. The case is one of a growing number of class action…

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Late last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a report and order to set up a second round of funding to the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. It will provide nearly $250 million to support efforts by healthcare providers to address coronavirus by providing telecommunications services, information services, and devices needed to enable the provision of…

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In an effort to significantly reduce or eliminate worker exposure to COVID-19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) targeting those industries where employees might be at increased risk for close-contact exposures. The plan provides new instructions and guidance to Area Offices and Compliance Safety and Health…

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