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State to use voice technology to fight health fraud


State using voice technology to fight health fraud

The state health agency will begin using voice recognition technology to verify whether patients in Miami-Dade County are actually receiving home health care services the state is being billed for.

The Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday it's launching the pilot program in July in South Florida, which is the national epicenter of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

The aide will call a company when a caregiver arrives at a patient's home and when the caregiver leaves. The company will use voice recognition technology to verify the caregiver is there.

Investigators say medical providers have billed the system millions in home health services that were never provided.


School prayer deal draws new lawsuit

A conservative group is suing a Panhandle school district over its limits on prayer.

Santa Rosa schools reached an agreement last year with the American Civil Liberties Union after it sued over the same issue. The new policy approved by a federal judge prevents the practice or promotion of religious activities involving students.

The Orlando-based Liberty Counsel sued in federal court Tuesday, alleging the agreement violates the First Amendment rights of two dozen students, staff members and others.

The district lamented in a statement that it's caught between two advocacy groups trying to impose an agenda.


Punch, fall kill man with no cigarettes

A 26-year-old Boca Raton man was killed on his way to a nightclub by a man who punched him after asking for a cigarette, police say.

Linsey Oliveira died early Monday at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Police say Oliveira and a friend tried to keep walking after telling the assailant they had no cigarettes, but the man dropped Oliveira to the ground with one punch.

The friend said Oliveira's head violently knocked the sidewalk as he fell.

Investigators are still searching for the attacker.

Associated Press

State to use voice technology to fight health fraud 05/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 10:38pm]
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