This week in healthcare – News from around the web

Feds charge 91 people in $429M Medicare fraud – A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including a hospital president, doctors and nurses, with Medicare fraud schemes in seven cities involving $429 million in false billings.

Study: Docs don’t monitor painkiller use properly – The researchers found that nearly one in 12 injured workers who started narcotics were still using them three to six months later, potentially leading to addiction or increased disability.

Nurses Seek Expanded Role – The CMS rule, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2013, would reimburse nurse anesthetists on a par with doctors, signaling to private insurers and states that they are qualified to treat pain and may assume a more active role with such patients.

Cloud Computing Saves Health Care Industry Time And Money – The cloud’s vast computing power is making it easier and less expensive for companies and clinicians to discover new drugs and medical treatments. Analyzing data that used to take years and tens of millions of dollars can now be done for a fraction of that amount.

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