Mozilla claims Guinness Record for downloads

July 4, 2008

Mozilla, developer of open-source Web browser Firefox, said on Wednesday it set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours.

Over 8 million people downloaded Firefox 3 in the period following its official launch, the company said in a statement.

Key rivals to Firefox are market leader Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Apple Inc’s Safari browser.

Mozilla is in a battle with Microsoft, which unveiled an experimental version of its Internet Explorer 8 in Las Vegas in April and has been looking to expand its presence on the Web.

Firefox 3’s additions boost security and allow users to run Web sites when they are not connected to the Internet.

Source:CIOL News Report

CMS Proposes Payment, Policy Changes for Physicians’ Services in 2009

July 4, 2008

the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed new efforts to promote access to higher quality and more efficient health care delivered by the nation’s physicians to people with Medicare under the 2009 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).

The MPFS was created by Congress and is updated annually to set the Medicare payment rates for more than 980,000 physicians and nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) who bill Medicare for the services they furnish to beneficiaries.

Under a formula in the Medicare statute, CMS is required to reduce 2009 Physician Fee Schedule by 5.4 percent.  Total Medicare spending under the 2009 Physician Fee Schedule is projected at $54 billion, down 5 percent from the $57 billion projected for 2008.

Source:Department of Health & Human Services

Who is called Whistleblower

July 4, 2008

A whistleblower is an employee, former employee, or member of an organization, especially a business or government agency, who reports misconduct to people or entities that have the power and presumed willingness to take corrective action.

The misconduct may be a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption.

Whistleblower-Fueled Fraud Cases Create Giant Backlog

July 4, 2008

More than 900 cases alleging that government contractors and drugmakers have defrauded taxpayers out of billions of dollars are languishing in a backlog that has built up over the past decade because the Justice Department cannot keep pace with the surge in charges brought by whistle-blowers, according to lawyers involved in the disputes.

Since 2001, 300 to 400 civil cases have been filed each year by employees charging that their companies defrauded the government.

Source: Washington Post