HEALTH

Federal investigators say a Sterling woman ran a massive health care fraud operation in which she defrauded Medicare, Tricare, private insurance and the IRS out of more than $10 million by billing for medically unnecessary sleep studies.Young Yi, 44, was sentenced to seven years in prison for the conspiracy,...
A group of lawmakers made a series of recommendations Tuesday aimed at tackling a variety of problems within Virginia’s mental health system, which is marred by overcrowded hospitals and jails full of people with serious mental illness.Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, chairman of the Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services...
In her Ashland home, which is overflowing with knickknacks and pictures of horses and dogs, Traci Jones stretches her fingers out before her and shrugs.She doesn't know exactly how many temporary-detention orders she's received, she says. But she knows it's more than she can count on both hands.For a...
For the first time in a decade, the number of children without health insurance rose nationally in 2017, a new report shows. And while Virginia's slight increase isn't statistically significant, its rate is still larger than most states that have already expanded Medicaid, suggesting Virginia could see an improvement...
After his nurse practitioner and co-conspirator pleaded guilty in September, a former physician in Woodbridge pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating a pill mill that illegally distributed more than 600,000 oxycodone pills.Shriharsh Laxman Pole, 65, voluntarily surrendered his medical license twice — in 2009 and 2013 — then turned around...
Virginia's Medicaid work requirement application is finally out of the state's hands and into the federal government's after months of work and a last-minute delay from some state Republicans.The Department of Medical Assistance Services submitted its Section 1115 waiver — which allows states to make changes to their Medicaid...
Dr. Danny Avula, director of the Richmond City Health District, spent about a year as the acting director of the Henrico County Health Department while the state tried to fill the position.But finding someone new was easier said than done.The state classifies the position of health director as a...
Less than two weeks after Virginia opened registration for its expanded Medicaid program, officials say they’ve already drawn thousands more applicants than initially anticipated.The state had expected the new program to enroll 300,000 over the next year and a half. They now expect that number to reach 375,000. The...
In each of the past two legislative sessions, the General Assembly has hit the pause button on Dominion Energy's plans to close ponds containing millions of tons of coal ash at four sites across the state.Some state lawmakers and environmental groups have pushed the reluctant utility to dig up...
As Virginia barrels toward massive changes to its Medicaid program — from expansion to the proposed work requirements — one new benefit hasn't gotten quite as much attention as others but could make a big difference for groups that provide housing services.Tucked into the 1115 demonstration waiver the state...