Owners of Los Angeles Home Health Agency Sentenced to Prison for Role in Health Care Fraud that Defrauded Medicare

Los Angeles, California - Two owners and operators of a home health agency were sentenced to 10 years and 6½ years in federal prison on Monday for their roles in a scheme to bill Medicare for various items and services – including home health services, diagnostic testing, medical procedures and durable medical equipment – that were not medically necessary and/or were not provided.

Recommendations to diagnostic manufacturers to help reduce risks of biotin interference with certain lab tests

Washington, DC - FDA provides draft recommendations to diagnostic manufacturers to help reduce risks of biotin interference with certain lab tests:

San Diego Padres Summer Blood Drive

San Diego, California - Day-long blood drive, autographs by Padres players and alumni, appearances by the Pad Squad and Swingin’ Friar, music and more including a cash grab game with 2 drawings to win $500 from San Diego County Credit Union.

Saving ʻAkikiki from Extinction Team Receives Recovery Champion Award

San Diego, California - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has presented a 2018 Recovery Champion Award to a team of conservationists who have been working to save a critically endangered Hawaiian bird. The Saving ‘Akikiki from Extinction Team—which includes members from San Diego Zoo Global, the Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and USWFS—was recognized for their leadership in conservation of the ʻakikiki, a small bird also known as the Kauaʻi creeper.

Albino panda makes headlines

Wolong National Nature Reserve, China - Pandas are an endangered species. With fewer than 2,000 of them known to be living in the wild in the mountains of China, they are at risk of extinction. 

On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the United States Department of State, I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr.