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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.

IRS regulations will fine small businesses that reimburse employees for healthcare costs

A new Internal Revenue Service regulation will fine small businesses that reimburse employees for their healthcare coverage instead of providing a health insurance plan.

CA combines 280,000 LTC workers to form largest nationwide union

Long-term care workers from 37 counties in California have combined into the largest local union in the country, the Service Employees International Union announced Tuesday.

New trial strives to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in PA/LTC facilities

A $1.5 million national trial will be held to analyze ways to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in post-acute and long-term care facilities, the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health and Sciences announced.

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Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

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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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