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Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.

Illnois CancerCare doctors receive most Medicare payments in Peoria County

PEORIA — Dr. Paul Fishkin steps into a small room of Illinois CancerCare devoted to storage and preparation of chemotherapy drugs.

Medicare pays doctors even after they're sanctioned

A ProPublica report finds that the agency continued paying doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals even after they were charged with bilking the program. Meanwhile, a report recommends that Medicare pay hospitals less for low-risk outpatient surgeries.

Colorado's monitoring of psychotropics trails other states' efforts

Colorado lags other states that established policies years ago to reduce the use of powerful psychotropic drugs by children in foster care.

Medicaid growth gobbles up tax money

By Chad Hays Welcome to the land of make believe — Springfield. A place where spending more money than in any year in history is presented by the governor as a spending cut. read more

Medicare data show Illinois' biggest billers

Figures show some doctors in state get paid millions from federal health program Figures show some doctors in state get paid millions from federal health program.

Medicare data release shows Illinois' biggest billers

Figures show some doctors in state get paid millions from federal health program Doctors this week found their billings subjected to scrutiny, as federal officials released data on what the government pays physicians to treat senior patients.

Kirk, Rauner question Illinois' Medicaid expansion

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Sunday sharply criticized a feature of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, contending Illinois’ expansion of Medicaid coverage deceives people into believing they have health insurance.        

Houston Medicaid Fraud Lawyer J. Mark Brewer Comments On $27 Million Settlement To Resolve Allegations Of Medicaid Fraud

Texas Medicaid fraud attorney J. Mark Brewer says he hopes $27 million payments by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. to resolve allegations of illegal payments to a doctor to prescribe certain drugs sends a strong message to other drug companies. (PRWeb March 30, 2014) Read the full story at

U.S. database for tracking Medicaid frauds falls short, auditor says

A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. Two years after its creation, the data-sharing system contained no records from 17 states or the District of Columbia of doctors ...