What We’re Reading: Watchdog Takes on Medicare Scams; Weight Loss Drug Pulled From Market; Veterans Affairs Faces Challenges – AJMC.com Managed Markets Network

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A federal watchdog will take on Medicare scams; Belviq, a weight loss drug, has been pulled from market; issues at Veterans Affairs have resulted in healthcare roadblocks.



Feds to Track How Marketers Get Private Medicare Info

A federal government watchdog is planning to conduct a nationwide probe into telemarketers’ attaining of personal Medicare information, the Associated Press reports. The audit is expected to be announced next week and will aim to crack down on potential fraud and waste. Telemarketing scams targeting Medicare recipients have been on the rise, with impersonators posing as a pharmacy or doctor’s office to elicit information. According to the AP, personal details are gleaned from Medicare files and can then be cross-referenced with databases of phone numbers or other contact information. Healthcare fraud costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars a year, the AP reports.


Belviq Pulled from Market Due to Cancer Risks

Eisai Inc, a Japanese company, has pulled the weight loss drug Belviq from the market after federal regulators said it posed a small increased risk of cancer, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/weight-loss-drug-belviq-pulled-from-market-over-cancer-risk/2020/02/13/18e5b7 Read More

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