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Last Defendant In 6-Year Calif. Medicare Fraud Case Sentenced

The Associated Press/San Jose Mercury News: A $15 million Medicare fraud case in California has ended as the last of 17 defendants was sentenced this week to 30 months in prison. "The U.S. attorney's office says Medicare patients at board and care homes throughout Southern California were given unnecessary respiratory tests. Doctors sometimes gave their patients soda, candy and cigarettes, then pocketed Medicare payments. Owners of the facilities were among those getting kickbacks. Authorities say many treatments were given in the smoking rooms at the facilities" (5/26). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.