Health Care Fraud

Arman Abovyan, a former medical director for substance abuse treatment centers in Florida, was properly convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to possess with intent to dispense controlled substances, the 11th Circuit ruled. Abovyan ordered excessive drug testing and prescribed Suboxone to his patients even though he was not licensed to do so.

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Drug Discounts

A federal court in California dismissed a suit against the Department of Health and Human Services relating to its 340B Program, through which certain hospitals and other providers who serve low-income patients receive drug discounts. The plaintiff health care providers claimed the department should have blocked changes made by several drug companies, which notified program participants that certain drugs wouldn’t be provided under the program to entities without an in-house pharmacy.

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Sex Abuse

A federal court in New York ordered the Indian Health Service to release to the New York Times a report it commissioned of a private investigation into “numerous acts of rape and sexual abuse” committed against Native American children by former IHS pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber. In 2018 and 2019, Weber was convicted of several charges in Montana and South Dakota.

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Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Draws Wary, Mixed Response

While excitement and enthusiasm greeted the Western-developed coronavirus vaccine when it was rolled out, the Russian-made version has received a mixed response, with reports of empty Moscow clinics that offered the shot to health care workers and teachers — the first members of the public designated to receive it.

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