Another installment of our weekly look at some of our media colleagues’ work.
Federal prosecutors unsealed an eye-popping indictment in Southern Florida Thursday, alleging that Miami-based American Therapeutic Corp., which runs a chain of mental health centers, with trying to defraud Medicare out of $200 million, the Miami Herald reported. One of the services the company billed Medicare for was group therapy for elderly patients, many of whom had Alzheimer’s disease. Medical experts told the paper that these kind of patients, who have suffered severe loss of brain function, do not benefit from mental health counseling.
Although the war in Afghanistan hasn’t been grabbing many headlines recently, this piece by National Public Radio does a good job at capturing just how complicated and trecherous fighting can be along the Pakistan border. In one compelling scene, members of the 3-327 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division’s Alpha Company prepare to head out to attempt the rescue of a downed Chinook helicopter, loaded down with all the water and ammunition they can carry. “Every element out there under contact right now,” Staff Sgt. Scott Mark told his troops. “You got friendlies everywhere, and Taliban everywhere. It’s a hot LZ [landing zone], OK?”
In the age of smartphones and mobile applications, it’s easy to feel disconnected from our friends and neighbors when everyone has their nose buried in their phone. But location-based social networking helps some people have real, face-to-face encounters, according to the Boston Globe. “As location-based services grow, businesses are increasingly trying to tap into the market, offering discounts or other rewards to those who check in upon arriving at a bar or coffee shop. Think of it as an updated version of the frequent-user card,” the article notes. “But retailers aren’t the only ones doing the wooing. There’s an app that lets users view singles who are at the same location; other apps can tip off users about which bars have the highest ratio of females or males.”