In 2015, federal authorities announced the arrest of 243 people on fraud charges totaling $712 million (see 243 Charged in Medicare Fraud Schemes). According to Sessions, the suspects accounted for more than $1.3 billion after making fraudulent billing transactions. In one instance, a Louisiana pharmacist was charged with submitting and causing the submission of $192 million in false and fraudulent claims to TRICARE and other health care benefit programs for dispensing compounded medications that were not medically necessary or induced by illegal kickback payments. He said these individuals allegedly billed Medicare for $164 million in false claims.
Sessions added that s a result of the crackdown, nearly 300 health care providers have been suspended of not banned outright from participating in federal health care programs.
"We are sending a clear message to criminals across the country: we will find you", Sessions threatened. Since the conspiracy began in 2012, more than 74,000 pills were obtained from the forged prescriptions, according to reports. Canada ranks second after the U.S., but when it comes to hydrocodone use, for example, people in the United States use more than 48 times as much of this drug than people in Canada. One in five Medicare beneficiaries who received high doses of opioids had at least one 30 m.g. prescription for oxycodone, the most commonly involved in law enforcement cases.
Last year, approximately 59,000 people in the USA died from drug overdoses, many of them linked to opioid abuse, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
"Last year, an estimated 59,000 Americans died from a drug overdose, many linked to the misuse of prescription drugs".
In May, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, an HHS interagency, granted the Texas HHS Commission $27.4 million in federal funds to combat opioid dependency and boost state efforts at prevention and treatment. States and counties around the country are suing both the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids for fueling the addiction epidemic by ignoring suspect surges in orders that can not be justified by local patient populations.
South Korea's Defense Ministry said there was no indication that North Korea had carried out a nuclear test. The quake does not appear to have been caused by a nuclear test, Reuters quoted Pentagon spokesman Maj.
The source also cited late May port closures as pushing some cargoes into June, which may have resulted in higher June exports. The EIA expects demand for petroleum and other liquids to rise by 360,000 barrels a day, or 1.8 percent, next year.
China's imports of coal totaled 2.68 million tons in the first half of the year, down 74.5 percent from the previous year. The General Administration of Customs released the June data without giving any percentage changes.
Prior to Wray's nomination, Trump considered a number of candidates for the director position, among them McCabe, Sen. But for Wray, that question is even more dicey considering the circumstances in which Comey was sacked .
As Mayweather draped himself in the green, white and orange, McGregor went and grabbed a wad of cash from Mayweather's bag. Instead of exploding over Conor's comments, Mayweather dismissed the media's fascination with McGregor's choice wording.
Traditionally, though not always, state visits are announced by the Queen during the opening of parliament. She brought an invitation from the queen for Trump to come to London this year on a state visit .
Th second and arguably more attractive is the Rs 399 plan that is similar to the Rs. 309 plan, but bumps up validity to 84 days. Rs. 149 plan gives user 28 days of validity but offers only 2GB of 4G data for usage, and 300 free SMSes.
Investigators said forensic evidence found in the getaway vehicle and telephone records linked the suspects to the crime. Nemtsov, who was an ardent opponent of President Vladimir Putin , was shot several times in the back in February 2015.
Democratic officials have suggested the commission, which was started in May, is tactic to introduce voter suppression tactics. Donald Trump has appointed J Christian Adams, a controversial conservative activist, to his election integrity commission.
Chyna's working relationship with Bloom comes just days after she was at the center of a social media attack from Rob. It appears that the request made by Blac Chyna was granted. "I was devastated, of course", Chyna told ABC News .
Saudi Arabia's Najran fire: List of Indians killed
The fire broke out due to short circuit in an old air-conditioning unit, according to primary information. The External Affairs Minister also said that she has spoken to Consul General Jeddah over the same.
Is Kid Rock Really Running For US Senate?
In fact, Kid Rock tweeted to his fans and the general public because many people were contacting him thinking he was kidding. Stabenow was first elected to the Senate in 2000 and is now the chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
Patrice Evra's awesome message to Wayne Rooney
Gor earned the right to face Everton after winning the eight-team SportPesa Super Cup football tournament staged in Dar in June. After Rooney's first game back on Thursday, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said: "He is still one of the best in his position".
Murray, Querrey locked at 1-1; Muller leads Cilic
The American played pretty close to flawless in the final two sets against Murray and in most of the match against Djokovic . The British No. 1 regained his composure, though, and dominated the tiebreak to inch ahead.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor
Talking about his suit, Conor said, "How's this suit look?" That's right, he went after the dude's father. Though Mayweather has a flawless 49-0 record and is looking to better it, McGregor is no spring chicken.
Service workers on strike Wednesday at DIA
Their complaints are aimed at contractors PrimeFlight, G2 and AirServ, which serve American Airlines, JetBlue and United. Wednesday morning where they plan to deliver a petition to the Denver International Airports Chief Executive Officer.
US Marines killed after military plane crashes in Mississippi
The Marine Corps said in a statement on Tuesday 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman were aboard the aircraft and killed in the crash . The Poughkeepsie Journal in NY said Marine reservists from the nearby Stewart Air National Guard Base were also on the plane.
Djokovic muscles in on women's quarter-final day
There were 6 mini-breaks in the first 7 points but Novak managed to convert his second set point to increase his lead to 2-0. He had already summoned the doctor after just three games of the opening set. 'We'll see on the shoulder.
Honda Confirms 11th US Death From Faulty Takata Airbag
According to Honda, Alpha inflators can have as high as a 50-50 chance of exploding and injuring an occupant. The inflators were made from 2005 through 2012 and installed in vehicles manufactured by Nissan Motor Co .