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Intel Briefing – June 2012

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Report: Suspect billings at 2,600 drugstores.
May 10, the Associated Press reported that Medicare paid $5.6 billion to 2,600 pharmacies with questionable billings, including a Kansas drugstore that submitted more than 1,000 prescriptions each for 2 patients in just 1 year, government investigators found. A new report by the inspector general of the Health and Human Services department found the corner drugstore vulnerable to fraud, partly because Medicare does not require the private insurers that deliver prescription benefits to seniors to report suspicious billing patterns. The analysis broke new ground by scrutinizing every claim submitted by the nation’s 59,000 retail pharmacies during 2009 — more than 1 billion prescriptions. Investigators were able to reveal contrasts between normal business practices and potential criminal behavior. “The findings call for a strong response to improve (program) oversight,” the report said.

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Second trailer loaded with beer stolen in Carlisle.
A second trailer loaded with beer was noticed stolen in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, May 7. Carlisle police said a trailer was found stolen from Allen Distribution. The trailer was reportedly loaded with 1,800 cases of Corona beer and was taken between May 4-7. A second trailer was noticed stolen at the same time and was taken from the same lot. That trailer was also loaded with Corona, with a total of 1,350 cases.

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U.S. Air Force probes cause of F-22 oxygen problems.
High-speed maneuvers at high altitudes may be the reason some pilots are experiencing oxygen deprivation while flying the F-22, a U.S. Air Force general said May 8, although she insisted 17 new safety measures made the jets safe to fly. The general told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee that recent data was helping the Air Force narrow down its hunt for the root cause of the issue, which prompted a grounding of the F-22, built by Lockheed Martin Corp, for more than 5 months in 2011. Her comments raised questions about whether the new F-35 fighter jets being developed by Lockheed could face similar issues.

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Hepatitis A alert for restaurant diners in Indiana.
People who ate at the Lone Star Restaurant in Evansville, Indiana, from April 27 to May 3 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, according to a news release May 10 from the Vanderburgh County Health Department. County officials said they were working with the Indiana State Department of Health in investigating a case of hepatitis A in a food worker at the restaurant, which is located in the Eastland Plaza Shopping Center in Evansville. Public health officials said they were working to secure vaccine to offer to anyone who ate at the restaurant from April 27 to May 3 and will release information on immunization clinics when they receive the vaccine.

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