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ProfNet Experts Available on Health Fraud, Home Improvement, Empathy, More

NEW YORK, April 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Record Health Care Fraud Investigation Involving Telemedicine and Medical Equipment
  • Home Improvement and DIY: Environmental Issues
  • How Empathy Can Fight Toxic Culture and Promote Healing at Home and at Work
  • Life Lessons From 'Game of Thrones'


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  • Food Retail Reporter – The Wall Street Journal (NY)
  • Editor, Technology – The Wall Street Journal (CA)


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  • Blog Profiles: Theater Blogs



Record Health Care Fraud Investigation Involving Telemedicine and Medical Equipment
Edgar Bueno
Morris Manning & Martin, LLP
Bueno is available to discuss federal and local healthcare fraud investigations, including Medicare and Medicaid -- specifically the record fraud bust announced April 9, 2019: "This is truly an 'all-hands on deck' coordinated effort by law enforcement, an approach which will likely become more common when trying to stop health care fraud on a large scale (a nationwide conspiracy) and essentially in real-time. The breadth of the investigation shows that health care fraud enforcement is not focused solely on the opioid crisis. Whenever the Medicare Fraud Strike Force is involved, they are looking for big, headline-grabbing cases. Many of these defendants will inevitably 'flip' and testify on behalf of the government in order to obtain credit at sentencing. The question is how far will the investigation reach and how many more providers will get caught up in this already wide net. The focus of the investigation appears to be a coordinated scheme involving telemedicine, which has been a hot topic in health care innovation recently. Hopefully, these prosecutions will not put telemedicine in a bad light, as there can be tremendous patient benefits."
Bueno is a former assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the Civil Division for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.
Contact: Terri Thornton,

Home Improvement and DIY: Environmental Issues
Robert Weitz, CMI
Founder & Principal
RTK Environmental Group
Weitz is available to discuss environmental issues related to home improvement, renovations, gardening, remodeling and DIY projects: "When spring comes, many of us are eager to get moving on home improvements. But before you start sanding and swinging that hammer, there are a few important things to think about: What type of surfaces and materials will you or your contractor be disturbing? Is there chipping paint? Smell of mildew? Crumbling pipe insulation? If any or all of the above, you'll need to take some precautions. Otherwise, you may be subjecting yourself and your family to dangerous health risks, caused by the very particles you've disturbed."
Weitz, a Certified Microbial Investigator, can also offer tips on: preparing and planning for a renovation; hurricane preparation and cleanup; protecting your family from environmental toxins like lead, asbestos, and mold during home improvement projects; how to prepare your garden soil before planting to avoid toxic crops. He is based in Stamford, Conn.
Contact: Jennifer Galluzzo,

How Empathy Can Fight Toxic Culture and Promote Healing at Home and at Work
Jacqueline Acho, PhD
The Acho Group
Dr. Acho can discuss the need for greater empathy in today's society and how it can heal the discord as it pertains to feminist issues, workplace toxicity, parenting struggles, work/life balance, and our physical and mental well-being. Her professional experience makes her an expert in social science, psychology, sociology, leadership, business, innovation, economics, and futurism. Says Dr. Acho: "By aligning our new external reality with our innermost humanity, co-creation offers a solution to our empathy deficit disorder and an opportunity to unite our divided world. Empathy is that powerful."
Dr. Acho is co-author of "Empathy Deficit Disorder: Healing from Our Mix-ups About Work, Home, and Sex." She received her master's degree and Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from MIT, and a B.S. in chemistry with highest honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She was named one of the "top 40 under 40" by Crain's Cleveland Business Magazine and one of the 500 most influential women in Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live magazine. Dr. Acho gave the TEDx talk, "A Good Day's Work Requires Empathy" in 2014, served as a TEDx coach in 2015, and was on the Lead Speaker Curation team for 2016 TEDxCSU. She was called by the Cleveland Police Department to work with them on cultural empathy, and has worked for technology, industrial, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients on a variety of issues, with particular focus on growth and innovation, strategy, and leadership development for 25 years.
Contact: Penny Sansevieri,

Life Lessons From 'Game of Thrones'
Dr. John Huber
Mainstream Mental Health
As the final season of "Game of Thrones" premieres, Dr. Huber can share his thoughts on life lessons the show has taught us: "As a psychologist, I am here to tell you that 'Game of Thrones' can be educational and may help many of you avoid the pitfalls of life. Here are some of them: 1) Relationship skills: You can learn a lot about whether you are in a good relationship by observing and comparing what Sansa Stark has had to deal with during her marriage to Ramsay Bolton. Can't find the right partner? Think of everything Shae went through finding a rich man, only to have his family turn on her then force him to marry someone else. She even had to be his wife's chamber maid! The horror. Having trouble deciding who you are? Arya Stark has had it worse. They even called her the girl with no name. We all have friends that are two-faced; well, Arya has them all beat. 2) Business skills: We can learn how to be an effective boss by observing the actions of the Greyjoys. King Robert shows how you can be in charge, but also enjoy other things life has to offer (in his case, it's excessive drinking, women on the side, and hunting). King Robert's overindulgences and lack of balance, however, lead to his untimely death -- this is a very powerful lesson. When it comes to determination, we can observe Daenerys, who slept, killed, and burned her clothes off to get to the top. Not to say that in the modern world a person has to engage in these extreme practices to succeed. The essence of Daenerys is 'take action, do whatever it takes, seize every opportunity' until you attain your goal. Don't like your job or future prospects? Look no further than Hodor, the underdog and fan favorite. He turned out to be a glorified doorman. After all those years of training, that general studies undergraduate degree isn't so bad after all."
Dr. Huber is chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a nonprofit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for more than 20 years, Dr. Huber is a clinical forensic psychologist and a practitioner with privileges at two long-term acute-care hospitals. He has appeared on more than 300 top-tier radio shows and 30 national television programs, and is the host of "Mainstream Mental Health Radio," which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today's top mental health professionals.
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Contact: Ryan McCormick,



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