Healthcare News July 27, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: A new push against healthcare fraud

    The Obama administration announced that it will team up with industry to improve efforts against healthcare fraud — a signal that relations with insurers may be warming after some lobbied against provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law.

    The announcement from Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius came with few details, but they promised to promote information-sharing between public and private fraud investigators. The main health insurance lobby group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), praised the effort as a “major step forward.”

    “This partnership will … provide a powerful deterrent to would-be perpetrators looking to prey on patients and steal money from taxpayers,” AHIP President Karen Ignagni said.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: A new push against healthcare fraud

    The Obama administration announced that it will team up with industry to improve efforts against healthcare fraud — a signal that relations with insurers may be warming after some lobbied against provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law.

    The announcement from Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius came with few details, but promised to promote information-sharing between public and private fraud investigators. The main health insurance lobby group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), praised the effort as a “major step forward.”

    “This partnership will … provide a powerful deterrent to would-be perpetrators looking to prey on patients and steal money from taxpayers,” said AHIP President Karen Ignagni.

  • Health group slams Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ anti-obesity campaign

    The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine panned the first lady for focusing on exercise instead of nutrition.

  • Feds tout first national bust of synthetic drugs

    Federal officials touted success in their first national operation against synthetic drugs.

    President Obama recently signed a law to ban the high-inducing chemical compounds sold as bath salts, “Spice” and “K2.” The substances have been linked to violent episodes and deaths, and became available in retail stores and online as their popularity increased. 

    Law enforcement officials made 90 arrests as part of Operation Log Jam, a joint effort by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and several other agencies.

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