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New OIG litigation team will tackle Medicare, Medicaid fraud cases

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has created a new team of attorneys focused solely on litigation involving Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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Study sheds light on dangers of working second, third shifts

Study sheds light on dangers of working second, third shifts

Workers whose hours fall outside of a traditional 9-to-5 schedule may be more susceptible to sleep- and weight-related health issues, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

CMS proposes change to short hospital stay rules

CMS proposes change to short hospital stay rules

Hospital patients may get a reprieve from the controversial "two-midnight" coverage policy under changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Pennsylvania AG sues Golden Living nursing homes

An operator of 36 nursing homes in Pennsylvania is being sued by the state's attorney general's office, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Wednesday.

Unnecessary antibiotic use can endanger nursing home residents: study

Close to two-thirds of nursing home residents receive antibiotic treatments each year, but a new study suggests inappropriate prescription of antibiotics could carry increased health risks, even for residents who don't receive them.

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Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

The elderly brain is more vulnerable to the adverse effects of surgery and anesthesia compared with the younger brain. Both anecdotally and in clinical investigation, the elderly surgical population has been found to exhibit a significantly higher prevalence of postoperative cognitive decline. The most common manifestations of this decline are postoperative delirium (POD) and postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD).

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