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Medicare managed care trial skirted law, GAO says

The Bush administration violated the law by allowing private insurers to limit choices of some patients in a small trial program of managed health care under Medicare, congressional investigators said.

Preferred provider organizations, which offer members a network of discounted health care providers, have enrolled 105,000 Medicare beneficiaries in 19 states.

In some cases, insurers refused to pay claims for home health visits, nursing care, dental work, routine physicals and other services obtained from providers who were not part of the PPO network, the Government Accountability Office said.

Dog-handler sentenced for planting evidence

DETROIT _ A woman who once was recognized as one of the nation's best trainers and handlers of cadaver-sniffing dogs was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for planting bones and other fake evidence in cases she worked.

Sandra M. Anderson, 43, of Sanford, pleaded guilty in March to five felony charges, including obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal authorities.

She apologized in court before sentencing.

"I lost track of why I was offering my services," she said.

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