Healthcare News & Insights

Some parents opt for ‘chicken pox pops’ over vaccines

A federal prosecutor has issued a warning that buying lollipops laced with chicken pox is illegal. Most people would add that it’s also a terribly dumb thing to do.

Freelance breast examiner reaches plea agreement

Sure, it’s breast cancer awareness month, but this is the wrong way to mark the occasion.

Congress to investigate drug price gouging claims

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland has started the ball rolling for a Congressional investigation into allegations of companies price-gouging hospitals in the wake of nationwide shortages of key drugs. 

Teen posed as physician assistant

A teen who talked his way into a fake job at a Florida hospital has patients questioning both the competence of the hospital and the quality of the care they received there.

Podiatrist nabbed for fraud after billing double amputee

A Maryland podiatrist has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft after billing over $1M in false Medicare charges for providing services to a patient with no feet — and after he had already been banned from federal health programs. 

How did hospital lose 20k patient records for a year?

One of the country’s leading hospitals is trying to explain how 20,000 patient records ended up on a homework-help site for nearly a year.

Hospital hit with $3.8M fine for fraud

Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. has agreed to pay $3.8 million in fines to settle allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Florida’s tough moves help shut down ‘pill mills’

The state known not-so-affectionately as the Oxy Express is making headway in shutting down clinics that seem to exist to hand out questionable prescriptions.

Nurse pleads guilty to $25M Medicare fraud scheme

A Miami-area nurse has pleaded guilty to her part in a huge scam.

Doc stabbed little girl with a screwdriver over chores — seriously

An allergist has had her license suspended after she was accused of stabbing a young girl 100 times with a screwdriver.