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A healthcare fraud scheme that deserves a life sentence

On Friday, a U.S. District Judge sentenced former Detroit oncologist Farid Fata to 45 years in prison for a Medicare fraud scheme in which he grossly overprescribed chemotherapy treatments to patients that didn't actually have cancer or no longer needed treatments. For the victims and their families, the case concludes one of the more horrific and life-altering instances of fraud. In the aftermath, it's worth looking at why these kinds of horrific schemes occur and what can be done to prevent future cases from leaking through the system. 

Sentencing underway for Michigan cancer doctor who overprescribed chemo treatments

A sentencing trial is underway for the infamous Detroit cancer physician that prescribed extended, medically unnecessary chemotherapy treatments as part of an elaborate Medicare fraud scheme. So far, the proceedings featured testimony from health experts and victims of the scheme as U.S. District Judge Paul Borman decides on the final sentencing.

More reasons to prioritize safety threat cases

Farid Fata, M.D., the notorious oncologist facing imprisonment for healthcare fraud, is back in the headlines. Michigan attorney Donna McKenzie recently filed civil lawsuits on behalf of 11...

Insurers combat soaring cancer costs

Both insurers and cancer patients are seeing chemotherapy bills skyrocket, according to MedPage Today.

Clinics turn away cancer patients, blame Medicare sequestration cuts

Medicare sequester cuts are threatening patient access to cancer treatment, lawmakers and advocates warn as they prepare to lobby the White House to spare cancer clinics, The Hill's Healthwatch reported.

Hospitals, practices partner for higher reimbursements

The purchase of physician practices by hospitals in Florida and North Carolina leads to more patients and profits, and drives up the cost of care.

State bill to require insurers cover oral chemo

Legislation introduced in the Ohio Senate would require insurers to pay for oral chemotherapy. Most insurers in the state provide full coverage for chemotherapy administered through IVs or injections

50K people with pre-existing conditions insured

Almost 50,000 people with serious pre-existing medical conditions have health insurance coverage through a joint state-federal plan authorized by the health reform law, according to a report

17% of nurses exposed to chemo

About 17 percent of nurses who work in outpatient chemotherapy infusion are unintentionally exposed to toxic drugs, according to a new study by the University of Michigan. "Any unintentional exposure

Top-performing hospital credits Lean Management with dramatic savings

Since Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center began using Toyota's lean management style 10 years ago, the hospital has risen to the top 1 percent in safety and efficiency nationwide, reports