Former Fairbanks resident John Luther Adams has won a Pulitzer Prize for his composition “Become Ocean.”Download AudioAdams’ work has long been inspired by the natural world he’s experienced, and the Pulitzer committee was attracted to the real-world feel of “Become Ocean,” which was informed by the waters off the coast of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.The committee said the composition is a “haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.” The piece was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony, which debuted the work in June.
Health News Florida: Prominent Cardiologist Sued For Fraud By DOJ One of the top Medicare billers in the country, Central Florida cardiologist Asad Qamar, is the target of two lawsuits accusing him of systematic Medicare fraud, including padding bills and performing unnecessary procedures. The U.S. Department of Justice’s civil division has joined in the whistleblowers’ cases on behalf of Medicare and Medicaid taxpayers. (Gentry, 1/7) It may have been unsurprising to learn that the government is suing Dr. Asad Qamar for fraud, regardless of the merits of the case. The Florida cardiologist was outed in the national media last year as Medicare’s second-highest-paid physician. … But billing the federal healthcare program for unusually high sums isn’t by itself an indication of fraud, experts say, and the new trove of payment information isn’t enough to inspire a lawsuit against a highly paid doctor.The data could, however, bolster cases that whistle-blowers bring to lawyers based on other sources of information. (Schencker, 1/7) Feds Use Physician Pay Data To Probe Fraud Modern Healthcare reports on how the data made public last year can help the government prosecute health care fraud. Two federal lawsuits filed against a Florida cardiologist offer examples. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Modern Healthcare: Medicare Doc Pay Data Can Bolster Fraud Cases, Lawyers Say