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Mobile Doctor Clinic Faces Healthcare Fraud Charges

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Chief Operating Officer of Mobile Doctors which manages Doctor house calls in several cities in 6 states has been arrested on federal health-care charges. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, agents also visited Mobile Doctors offices located in Detroit, Chicago and Indianapolis, with warrants to seize proceeds from the healthcare fraud from various bank accounts.

Mobile Doctors arranges patient home visits by physicians. The doctors hand over their rights to bill the patient to Mobile Doctors.  Mobile Doctors claims that its associated doctors have made more than half a million house calls since the company was established.

However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes that many of these doctors billed Medicare for patient visits that were falsely claimed as being much longer and more complicated than they actually were. This is a common type of health care fraud known as upcoding.

According to the charges against the Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Doctors, physicians associated with Mobile Doctors also participated in the fraud by falsely certifying that patients were in much worse conditions than they actually were. They claimed that the patients were confined to their homes, and as a result, home health care agencies were able to claim fees for providing additional services to patients who were confined to their home. The patients were not eligible for these additional services, because they were not in such a serious medical condition.

Healthcare fraud charges can be extremely serious, and the federal administration takes a very strong view of persons who defraud Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care agencies, through healthcare fraud techniques like upcoding, billing for services not rendered, billing for equipment that was not purchased, off-label promotion of prescription drugs and other techniques.

Increased Activity Weeks after Brain Injury Indicates Compensation for Rest

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

When a person suffers a concussion, he may suffer from irregular brain activity over the first 24 hours after the injury. However, just a few weeks after the injury, there may be increased levels of brain activity, and this indicates that the brain may be compensating for the period of rest.

Those were the findings of new research that was recently reported in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. The researchers based their findings on an analysis of the recovery rate after brain injury of 12 high school football players. They used functional MRI scans of the players who had suffered concussions, and compared the scans with those of 12 teammates, who had not suffered a brain injury.
The players who had suffered a concussion also underwent brain scans at 13 hours after the injury, and again seven weeks after the injury. Similar procedures were followed for the players without any brain injury as well.
The researchers found that at 13 hours into the injury, symptoms clearly signified lower level of activity, including lower reaction time and reduced mental abilities. The brain scans clearly revealed decreased brain activity in the right hemisphere of the brain.
At seven weeks, these very same players showed improvement in their brain activity, which was indicated by normal reaction time and improvement in their mental abilities. When scans were taken at seven weeks into the injury, they revealed that a few weeks after the concussion, there was more brain activity in the brain circuits in the right hemisphere of the brain, compared to the players who had not suffered a concussion.
This sort of increased level of brain activation compared to a player without a concussion several weeks after the injury may indicate that the brain is trying to compensate for the recovery period after the injury.   This information could prove useful to doctors and therapists when they make the decision about whether a player should return to the sport after an injury.

Sylmar Man Charged with Child Molestation

Monday, August 26, 2013

Child molestation crimes are some of the more serious crimes that a person can be charged with. A 47-year-old man from Sylmar has been charged with these serious crimes, after police found cameras, recorders and other devices at his apartment.

The man is the son of a woman, who frequently babysits for children in the neighborhood. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, he molested children in his apartment, and recorded the crimes on camera. He was arrested recently on charges of child molestation, and officers recovered the computers, cameras and other pieces of incriminating evidence from the apartment.

The man's mother runs a childcare service, and many of the victims are believed to have been children, who were placed in the care of his mother. The man lives with his mother at an apartment near downtown Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Department, the man's room had been equipped with cameras to record the child molestation, presumably for distribution over the Internet.

The Los Angeles Police Department triggered an investigation after it found evidence that pointed to sex crimes that involved the man. In these cases, one of the victims was 18 months old, while the other was 10 years old. However, investigators believe that there are at least four more victims who were molested in the man's apartment. The victims live in the same apartment complex as the suspect.   Police are quite certain that these are the victims, because they are seen in the video footage that they have recovered from the defendant’s laptop computer.

Sex crimes against children are some of the most abhorred crimes, and can lead to stringent penalties that include not just a hefty prison sentence, but a requirement to enroll oneself in a federal sex offender registry.

Accident Risks for Teens with ADHD Magnified by Texting

Friday, August 16, 2013

Recent research indicates that teenagers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD have poor driving skills, compared to teens of the same age with no symptoms of the condition. However, those poor driving skills and higher accident risks are simply magnified when teenagers with ADHD use a cell phone to text or have a cell phone conversation while driving.

Those are the findings of new research that was released recently. Overall, California car accident attorneys would recommend that all teenagers simply avoid texting while driving or using a hand-held cell phone while driving. The research also confirmed the deadly effects of texting while driving even for normal teenagers. Normal teenagers who were texting while driving showed even worse driving skills, than teenagers who suffered from ADHD.

The researchers used a driving simulator to compare driving skills, not just among teenagers who suffered from ADHD and those who did not, but also while these teenagers were driving without any distractions and when distractions in the form of cell phones were introduced into the situation.  They found that when a teenager without ADHD was texting while driving, he spent about 2% of the time veering off his lane. That is approximately the same amount of distraction that occurs when a person who suffers from severe ADHD is driving.

Parents must use the varied amount of technology that is currently available to help prevent teenagers from using cell phones or texting while driving. Cell phone blocking technologies, or cellphone apps and easy- to- install devices that help shut the phone down when a car is in motion, can help reduce the risk of an accident involving a teenage driver. While parental communication and rules are very important, they may not always be sufficient to help encourage teenage drivers to switch off their cell phone.

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