Health care fraud

DNA testing scams on the rise in low-income, senior-living communities

A walker and an electric wheelchair in a nursing home
An electric wheelchair and walker. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

State authorities are warning of an alleged scam involving DNA tests that's targeted to low-income and senior-living communities, Bloomberg reports.

How it works: The alleged scammers visit these communities and offer to perform DNA tests. They then collect information from people in government health programs, like Medicare and Medicaid, that can be used to bill the government for unneeded medical care or to commit identify theft.

What jumped out from new Theranos documentary "The Inventor"

An illustration of Elizabeth Holmes holding up her own face mask.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Last night I watched a screener copy of The Inventor, an upcoming HBO documentary from Alex Gibney on the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her blood-testing company, Theranos.

The bottom line: It's a smart summary of what happened, but it doesn't present much new information for those who've followed the saga (let alone those who read the brilliant "Bad Blood" by John Carreyrou, who appears in the doc). Still worth a watch, particularly for some of the previously-unheard audio.