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State Highlights: Group Of Large Texas Hospitals Forms Network; Mass. Program Seeks Out Sickest, Poorest Hard-To-Reach Residents

News outlets report on health issues in Texas, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, New Jersey, Minnesota, Virginia and Connecticut.

The Boston Globe: Mass. Health Program Searches For The Hard-To-Reach
[Delis] Rivera is among a new cadre of health care workers enlisted in an ambitious Massachusetts experiment to improve care and reduce costs for some of the state’s sickest and poorest residents. The first-in-the-nation program, called One Care, is for people on both Medicare and Medicaid, those living with disabilities, and with little or no income. Their care is managed by one of two nonprofit health insurers, Tufts and Commonwealth Care Alliance. (Dayal McCluskey, 3/25)

The Texas Tribune: Texas Planned Parenthood Affiliate Joins Lawsuit Over Secret Videos
A Texas-based Planned Parenthood affiliate on Thursday moved to join a federal lawsuit filed in California against the anti-abortion group behind undercover videos of the organization’s clinics. The lawsuit, filed in a San Francisco-based federal court in January, alleges the Center for Medical Progress engaged in conspiracy, fraud and other activities that violate organized crime law and other federal regulations in its pursuit of secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood. Citing recordings of staff at a Houston clinic, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast filed to join the lawsuit as a plaintiff. (Ura, 3/24)

The Cincinnati Enquirer: Community Paramedicine Can Add Followups To EMS Service
Emergency medical programs across the country are studying ways to get medical services to the people who need them, and community paramedicine is a program getting a lot of attention. EMS programs in Springfield Township and Colerain Township are both investigating how to best use a paramedicine model in their communities. (Key, 3/24)

The Denver Post: $3M Of Fraudulent Medicaid Billings Recovered From Colorado AG
More than $3 million of fraudulent Medicaid billings were recovered after an 18-month investigation revealed that eight Colorado anesthesia providers were allegedly charging patients incorrectly. A total of $3,020,953 was recovered by the Colorado Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, according to a news release from the AG's office Tuesday. (3/24)

The Associated Press: License Revoked From Doctor Who Bilked Insurers
New Jersey's Board of Medical Examiners has revoked the license of a doctor who bilked insurers of $280,000. Sixty-one-year-old Albert Ades of Englewood billed insurers, including Medicare and Medicaid, for face-to-face nonexistent office visits from 2005 through June 2014. He pleaded guilty last year to health care fraud and agreed to forfeit his medical license. (3/24)

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