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This Doctor Sees Dead People - On The Taxpayer's Dime

This Doctor Sees Dead People - On The Taxpayer's Dime

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Tuberculosis: A cross-border health initiative aims to reduce TB cases in San Diego County and Mexico's Baja California, where TB rates are the highest in that country. Doctors and researchers will focus on curbing drug-resistant cases, reports Sandra Dibble for the San Diego Union-Tribune.


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Health Fraud:

This doctor sees dead people – for group therapy: a Georgia physician this week pleaded guilty to illegally submitting Medicare and Medicaid claims for counseling sessions with nursing home patients, most of whom were deceased, reports Jorgen Wouters for AOL's WalletPop.  

Medicaid: Doctors and hospitals who treat Medicaid patients can expect their already-low payments to be slashed even further, as 33 states have proposed cutting Medicaid reimbursements in fiscal 2012, Ron Shinkman reports for FierceHealthFinance . That could make it even harder for patients on Medicaid to find a doctor or hospital to treat them, advocates worry.

Food Safety: Well-known nutrition professor Marion Nestle answers questions on Germany's E. coli outbreak for the Atlantic.

Autism: The disorder may result from hundreds of genetic mutations, not just one or two, according to a new study that examined the genetics of autism in more than 1,000 families, Shari Roan reports for the Los Angeles Times.

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