This week in healthcare – News from around the web

Hospital chain to pay $16.5 million in kickback case involving the homeless – Los Angeles Doctor’s Hospital, Inc., agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to defraud Medicare and Medi-Cal through the payment of illegal kickbacks to “marketers” who recruited people to act as patients.

Doctors Who ‘Self-Refer’ to Radiation Clinics Add to Patients’ Burden: Study – Researchers found 28 percent of urologists in Texas currently work in practices that self-refer for radiation oncology services. This model of self-referral is under investigation by the U.S. Government Accountability Office over concerns that financial incentives could be causing patients to receive more costly, unnecessary or possibly less effective procedures.

Profits, Quality, and U.S. Hospitals – HCA figured out how to get more revenue from private insurance companies, patients and Medicare by billing much more aggressively for its services than ever before.

Breast cancer charity overstated screening benefits, researchers say – Women should base their decisions on whether to be screened by weighing the facts and consulting with their doctors.

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