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Florida Dermatologist Settles Medicare Fraud, Kickback Complaints

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A Florida federal judge has entered a judgement against a dermatologist and his medical practice, ordering them to pay more than $18 million for allegedly pocketing tens of millions of dollars from Medicare by ordering medically unnecessary biopsies, falsely diagnosing patients with cancer, performing unnecessary radiation treatments on patients, and illegally billing the government for those biopsies and radiation treatments. The allegations were originally made in two separate False Claims Act lawsuits filed in December 2013 and June 2014 by Dr. Theodore Schiff, a dermatologist who is the medical director and managing partner of Water’s Edge Dermatology LLC, a dermatology ... Read More

NHL tries to skirt head injury claims by denouncing CTE research

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Ice hockey is considered one of the most violent contact sports, but the National Hockey League (NHL) begged to differ when it was faced with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that the league hid the dangers of head injuries from professional players and encouraged aggressive behavior in the games. The NHL argued against the collective knowledge of medical experts and scientists by arguing there is not a link between repeated head blows and the much-talked about degenerative brain disease CTE. Researchers have found that when a brain is concussed, proteins called tau are released in the brain. Repeated head ... Read More

Study examines Cardiovascular Risk of Vaping

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E-cigarettes were first introduced into the United States in 2006 and have rapidly increased in popularity, often due to vape sellers’ claims that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, while also delivering the craved nicotine hit. A study led by Dr. Holly R. Middlekauff of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles points out that e-cigarettes may certainly have a significantly lower number of carcinogens, but appear to be just as harmful to the heart as smoking. Nicotine addiction is as prevalent with e-cigarettes as it is with traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes produce little or no tar, ... Read More

NC nursing home ordered to pay $5.2 million for the wrongful deaths of three patients

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The skilled nursing care given by Blue Ridge Health Care Center and management companies Care Virginia Management LLC and Care One LLC was grossly negligent, intentional or in reckless disregard of the rights of three nursing home patients, a North Carolina federal jury determined, and ordered the companies to pay the families of the three deceased residents $5.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury found that the companies’ actions caused the deaths of Del Ray Baird, Elizabeth Jones, and Bettie May Kee. Baird’s estate was awarded $50,000, and the estates of Jones and Kee were each awarded $300,000 ... Read More

Volkswagen’s $1.22 Billion Repair and Buyback Plan Gets Preliminary Approval

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A federal judge granted preliminary approval Feb. 14 to a $1.22 billion plan for German automaker Volkswagen to repair or buy back about 80,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. that are equipped with an emissions cheat that allows them to spew illegal levels of pollution. The deal follows an earlier agreement requiring Volkswagen to spend as much as $10.3 billion to fix or buy back nearly half a million 2.0-liter diesel vehicles equipped with the same emissions-cheating software that allows them to emit as much as 40 times the allowable limits of toxic air pollutants. U.S. Judge Charles Breyer ... Read More

U.S. Joins Whistleblower lawsuit Against UnitedHealthcare

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The U.S. government has joined a former UnitedHealth executive in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the company “engaged in systematic fraud” that allowed it, subsidiary companies, and other insurers to fraudulently overcharge Medicare by “hundreds of millions — and likely billions — of dollars.” Benjamin Poehling, the former finance director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement, a subsidiary that works with the Medicare Advantage program, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles in 2011 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The lawsuit remained under seal for years while federal officials investigated Mr. Poehling’s claims. It became public ... Read More

First Xarelto trial delayed due to NBA All Star game

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The first bellwether trial in the massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto was scheduled to begin this month in the Eastern District of Louisiana, but the National Basketball Association (NBA) All Star game occurring in New Orleans at the same time pushed U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon to delay trial until March. The Xarelto MDL under Judge Fallon has swelled to nearly 14,000 lawsuits since the it was first consolidated in December 2014. Last summer, Judge Fallon had scheduled the first cases to be tried, with the first to be tried in February. But the ... Read More

Dietary supplement maker agrees to stop selling unapproved products

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Dietary supplement maker Cili Minerals has agreed to stop manufacturing and selling untested products that promised to treat serious conditions including heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. The agreement, penned by the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana, also requires Cili Minerals to recall and destroy all products it made and distributed since June 1, 2014. Lafayette, Louisiana-based Cili Minerals is owned by Anton S. Botha, and operated under names including Pick and Pay Inc., and Pick and Pay Hyper Inc. Its products were sold under various names including ProLith, Germanium and CilZinCo. The company’s products were ... Read More

E-Cigarette Use Tied to Heavy and Frequent Tobacco Use Among Teens

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New research indicates that teens who regularly use e-cigarettes are more likely to become heavy and frequent smokers of traditional cigarettes. Students at 10 Los Angeles County public schools were surveyed, and the results were surprising. The survey found that teens who regularly vape are more than twice as likely to pick up smoking traditional cigarettes on a weekly basis. The findings also showed double likelihood that the teens would smoke more cigarettes on days when they do smoke as a result of vaping. “The more you vape, the more likely in the future you’re going to be smoking (cigarettes). You’re going to ... Read More

China’s regulation of deadly opioid expected to help curb overdose deaths in US

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China has listed the deadly opioid carfentanil as a controlled substance, a small battle won in the U.S. war on drugs. Carfentanil is mega-opioid, 10,000 times more potent than morphine and about 100 times more potent than fentanyl, the painkiller that killed pop star Prince. Its only practical use is as an elephant tranquilizer, but drug dealers cut it up and add it to heroin and other drugs to boost profit margins. And their main supplier of carfentanil? China. The emergence of carfentanil and fentanyl have upped the ante in the opioid epidemic that has swept the U.S. Thousands of ... Read More