Why health care needs a Black Friday sale

The best time to buy a car is at model year-end sales, and Black Friday deals can’t be beat for major appliances. Ever wonder why you don’t see a President’s Day sale on colonoscopies? Or ads for buy-one-get-one free knee replacements?

In most instances, offering patients a discount on health care services would be considered an improper patient inducement under the federal Civil Monetary Penalties Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. These laws reason that discounts encourage patients to seek unnecessary care and overuse services — as though anyone would schedule a colonoscopy for fun!

From cars to shoes, just about every industry uses discounts or financial incentives like rewards programs to attract customers. They benefit the seller and the buyer. But if a hospital does this, it could face civil fines or criminal penalties. The law specifically prohibits incentives that are likely to influence an individual’s choice of

New York City children’s drowning deaths at Coney Island ruled homicide, medical examiner says

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The New York City Medical Examiner ruled that the drowning deaths of three children on a Coney Island beach in the early hours of Monday morning were homicides.

The siblings – 7-year-old Zachary Merdy, 4-year-old Lilana Merdy and 3-month-old Oliver Bondarev – were found unresponsive by law enforcement on Monday morning around 4:30 am

Their mother, 30-year-old Erin Merdy, was still in custody on Tuesday. She was found about two miles down the boardwalk from the area that she lived.


Merdy’s mother told the New York Daily News that her daughter had been struggling recently.

“She might have been going through postpartum depression,” Jacqueline Scott, 56, told the local news outlet.

“I reached out to her yesterday and she said she was doing laundry and I said I

Earliest Medical Operation Might Have Been 31,000 Years Ago

A new study provides the earliest known evidence of amputation – the medical term for cutting off a part of a person’s body.

Around 31,000 years ago, a young adult had their left foot and part of their left leg removed in what is modern-day Indonesia, the study suggests.

Scientists say the amputation was performed when the person was a child — and that the individual went on to live for years. The ancient surgery suggests that humans were carrying out medical operations much earlier than scientists had thought. The findings are in a study, which was published in nature.

Tim Maloney of Griffith University in Australia was the study’s lead researcher.

Maloney said that researchers were exploring a cave in Borneo, a rainforest area known for ancient rock art, when they came across the person’s burial.

Although much of the skeleton remained, it was missing its left foot

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Exclusive: Medical journals broaden inquiry into potential heart research misconduct

WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Three medical journals recently launched independent investigations of possible data manipulation in heart studies led by Temple University researchers, Reuters has learned, adding new scrutiny to a misconduct inquiry by the university and the US government.

The Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry are investigating five papers authored by Temple scientists, the journals told Reuters.

A third journal owned by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), last month retracted a paper by Temple researchers on its website after determining that there was evidence of data manipulation. The retracted paper had originally concluded that the widely-used blood thinner, Xarelto, could have a healing effect on hearts.

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“We are committed to preserving the integrity of the scholarly record,” Elsevier, which owns the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology and