Comm Ed Cancels DNA Class

A “Better Health Begins with your DNA” class, originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th by Hastings Community Education has been canceled. According to Coordinator Laurie Thrush, the service contracted to hold the class is under investigation into fraudulent use of testing. According to information posted by NPR, an investigation called Operation Double Helix went after schemes that allegedly targeted people 65 and older. According to the charges, the schemes involved laboratories paying illegal kickbacks and bribes to medical professionals who were working with fraudulent telemarketers, in exchange for the referral of Medicare beneficiaries. The U.S. Department of Justice brought charges against 35 individuals associated with dozens of telemarketing companies and testing labs. Among those charged were 10 medical professionals, including nine doctors, and DOJ officials say the schemes cost the Medicare program more than $2 billion in unnecessary charges. For questions, contact Hastings Community Education at 651-480-7670.

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