To conceal the scheme, Coburn, Schwartz and others allegedly agreed that a third-party construction company would obtain the permit by making the illegal bribe payment and that Cognizant would reimburse the construction company through phony construction invoices at the end of the project. The indictment alleges that in or about late June 2014, after the co-conspirators had agreed that the construction company would make the bribe payment on behalf of Cognizant, the construction company secured the necessary government order for Cognizant to obtain the permit, allowing Cognizant to complete the development of the office campus and avoid millions of dollars in costs. Months later, the co-conspirators are alleged to have knowingly caused Cognizant to funnel over $2 million to the construction company disguised as payment for cost overruns on the office campus when they knew that the actual purpose of the payment was to reimburse the construction company for the bribe payment. According to the indictment, as Coburn, Schwartz and others had previously agreed, they hid the bribe reimbursement payment within a series of line items in a construction change order request to be paid to the construction company, thereby concealing the true nature and purpose of the reimbursement, falsifying Cognizant’s books and records, and circumventing and failing to implement its internal controls.
“Electronic health records are critically important to the health care decision process, and both patients and providers rely on these technologies to safely and accurately record and transmit vital health information,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “This resolution demonstrates our continued commitment to pursue EHR vendors who misrepresent the capabilities of their products, and our determination to promote public health while holding accountable those who seek to abuse the government’s trust.”
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program to encourage healthcare providers to adopt and demonstrate their “meaningful use” of EHR technology. Under the program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made incentive payments available to eligible healthcare providers that adopted certified EHR technology and met certain requirements relating to their use of the technology. To obtain certification for their product, companies that develop and market EHR technology are required to demonstrate that their product(s) satisfies all applicable HHS-adopted certification criteria. Developers must first pass testing performed by an independent, accredited testing laboratory authorized by HHS, and then obtain and maintain certification by an independent, accredited certification body authorized by HHS.
Economics was once viewed as the most valuable intellectual training for determining the health of the world’s financial system, now those truths are being challenged by hard to predict leaders and nations. After the Cold War, economics rose to the top of the sciences and was seen as a powerful force “that could make and unmake nations,” according to Fareed Zakaria in his essay, The End of Economics? So, what’s changed?
Fareed said, “modern-day economics had been built on certain assumptions: that countries, companies, and people seek to maximize their income above all else, that human beings are rational actors, and that the system works efficiently.” However, he concludes behavioral economics showed that markets, people, and even nations don’t always behave rationally, he says, “As we try to understand the world of the next three decades, we will desperately need economics but also political science, sociology, psychology, and perhaps even literature and philosophy.”
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The French data protection authority fined Google 50 million Euros or about $57 million, for not properly disclosing to users how data is collected across its services, including its search engine, Google Maps and YouTube, in order to present personalized advertisements. This is the largest penalty to date under the European Union privacy law, The General Data Protection Regulation, that went into effect last May. Facebook is also the subject of a number of investigations by the data protection authorities in Europe.
Google said it was determining whether to appeal the decision.
In July of last year, Google was fined a record 4.3 billion euros ($5 billion/£3.8 billion) on Wednesday by the European Union’s competition watchdog, which accused it of using its dominant position in the marketplace to quash competition. That fine was appealed.
The Salmonella infections have been linked to raw chicken products, but regulators have not identified any one specific source, product, or common supplier.
So far, 92 people have become sick across 29 states, including California, Washington, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Maine. There have been no reported deaths, but at least 21 people have been hospitalized form food poisoning.
Harmful drugs are commonly found in dietary supplements people take for weight loss, or muscle building, sexual enhancement or general health according to a new analysis. When California health department researchers took a closer look at more than 700 supplements subject to warnings from the FDA over a 10-year span, they often found drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), the heart drug sibutramine, and synthetic steroids, all of which could be harmful.
50% of adults in the U.S. consume dietary supplements, which is now a $35 billion industry. These supplements include vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes that according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not intended to treat or prevent disease. In the recent study, c ertain drug ingredients were commonly detected across products marketed for the same purposes . Overall, 287 of 353 adulterated sexual enhancement supplements (81.3%) contained sildenafil (166 of 353 [47.0%]) and/or at least 1 of its structural analogues (134 of 353 [38.0%]). Sildenafil is the active pharmaceutical ingredient in Viagra, which is a prescription medication manufactured by Pfizer Inc for erectile dysfunction. Analogues are metabolized in the body into active pharmaceutical ingredients. In the beginning of the 10-year period from 2007 through 2016, analogues of sildenafil were detected in a majority of adulterated sexual enhancement supplements (Figure 2). In 2012, however, the proportion of products containing sildenafil began to increase.
Harvard’s Dr. Pieter Cohen — who penned a commentary that accompanies the study — says the FDA’s “dereliction of duty” is to blame for tainted supplements still on the market. He says that the FDA plays an essential role in ensuring the safety of vitamins. He also suggests that there are major deficiencies in the FDA’s regulation of supplements.