Electronic medical records not always linked to better care in hospitals, study finds
ScienceDaily (2010-12-27) -- Use of electronic health records by hospitals across the United States has had only a limited effect on improving the quality of medical care, according to a new study. ... > read full article
from October 2010
As the day looms to implement the health insurance reform bill, including the myth that electronic health records will save costs and improve care, this is a well considered warning to evaluate.
And as you can see Natural Health News has been covering this topic for quite some time.
Seventy-three people charged in healthcare fraud crimes in five states, including part of Armenian-American organized crime organization
Oct 14, 2010By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading The threat of medical identity theft came to light yesterday with the FBI's announcement it had busted an organized crime gang that stole the identities of doctors and thousands of Medicare patients in order to operate phony clinics that bilked Medicare and insurance companies of more than $165 million in fraudulent billing.
Authorities have charged 73 people, including members of an alleged Armenian-American organized crime organization, with multiple healthcare fraud crimes. The FBI has arrested 52 of these suspects for executing what it says is the largest Medicare fraud case the DOJ has prosecuted to date. The defendants operated close to 120 fake clinics in 25 states and were indicted by authorities in California, Georgia, New Mexico, New York, and Ohio. "The emergence of international organized crime in domestic health care fraud schemes signals a dangerous expansion that poses a serious threat to consumers as these syndicates are willing to exploit almost any program, business or individual to earn an illegal profit," said Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grinder, in a statement. "The Department of Justice is confronting this evolving threat here and abroad through a number of initiatives including a strengthened Attorney General's Organized Crime Council and the creation of the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center (IOC-2) to ensure that we are focused and coordinated in our efforts to combat international organized crime."
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