December 30, 2011 The Justice Department is on track to post a record number of health care fraud prosecutions in 2011. Researchers say DOJ reported 1,235 new cases this year, the largest since they began tracking the crime 20 years ago. U.S. Attorney's Offices in Miami, Puerto Rico and Houston accounted for the biggest number of cases. And DOJ officials say recoveries in these cases are bringing lots of money back to the U.S. Treasury. But some onlookers say the federal government can do more to nip health care fraud in the bud by cutting off payments to fraudulent recipients before they happen.
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December 30, 2011 From the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant to the end of NASA"s shuttle program, a great deal of science stories made headlines this year. Science writers Mariette DiChristina, Matt Crenson, Steven Levy, and Paul Raeburn join Ira Flatow to discuss the year's top stories in science.
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December 29, 2011 Nearly two million home health care aides help seniors and people with disabilities to live independently. These caregivers often work long hours doing difficult work without overtime pay. The Labor Department has proposed rules to bring home care aides under federal minimum wage and overtime protections.
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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney chat after finishing a GOP debate in Sioux City, Iowa, earlier this month.
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December 28, 2011 Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney once supported the requirement that almost everyone have health coverage — a key plank of the federal overhaul. And both GOP presidential hopefuls stuck with that position a lot longer than you might realize.
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December 27, 2011 Until recently, electronic medical records hadn't really caught on. But the 2009 federal stimulus package provided tens of billions to speed up the process. Now in one state, Oregon, two-thirds of doctors have electronic medical records, and researchers are mining the data to help doctors improve the care they give patients.
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December 27, 2011 Hospitals may be the only places in America that aren't crazy for iPads. Security issues and incompatibility with hospital systems are two big reasons why tablet computers haven't caught on. But some doctors and patients say they're great for explaining complex medical issues.
December 27, 2011 The so-called public option may have died when Congress passed its health overhaul law in 2009, but it is alive and healthy in California. There, many counties have government-run health plans that people can buy. Now the debate is over what will happen to these plans when the federal overhaul law kicks in in 2014.
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December 26, 2011 More hospitals in Massachusetts and across the country are saying no to elective deliveries of babies before 39 weeks unless medically necessary. Doctors cite increased health risks associated with early deliveries, not costs — though Texas' Medicaid program has stopped paying for such births.
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December 23, 2011 Forty years ago, President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act, beginning the War on Cancer. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute, discusses four decades of scientific progress in preventing, detecting and treating cancer--and the mysteries that still remain.
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December 22, 2011 With official Washington trapped in partisan gridlock, doctors who treat Medicare patients are once again facing the prospect of a big cut in pay that almost no one supports.
December 21, 2011 Clothing, hair and jewelry can get tangled up in the ShoulderFlex massager's rotating parts. And that's a recipe for trouble, the Food and Drug Administration says.
Death investigations among seniors are often skipped, leaving the growing population vulnerable to neglect and abuse.
December 21, 2011 Many jurisdictions have stopped doing autopsies on people who died over the age of 60, unless it was obvious that a violent death occurred. A lack of resources, both financial and staffing, is often blamed.
Wouldn't you love to know what she's jotting down? Of course you would.
December 21, 2011 Patients have the legal right to see their doctor's notes, but actually getting them can be slow and expensive. Two new surveys say patients overwhelmingly want to read the notes. But doctors are much more dubious about the benefits of giving patients a window into their thoughts.
December 20, 2011 Hospitals that treat many poor people face challenges in managing their care. The problem is compounded by the fact that the same hospitals often have fewer resources at their disposal.
December 16, 2011 The Obama administration's plan would let states match benefits with existing plans. That idea is drawing criticism from both sides of the health care debate.
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