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A man measures his vitals and sends the data electronically to nurses. Photo: Brianna Soukup/Portland Portland Press Herald/Getty Images

The expansion of telemedicine has enabled new forms of Medicare fraud, NPR reports with Kaiser Health News.

Yes, but: It's also given seniors more access to care, and some experts worry that the fraud could lead to slower adoption of telehealth by federal programs.

While fraudulent prescribing and billing for orthotic braces isn't new, telemedicine consultations can serve as a guise for fraudsters to contact people they've never met.

  • And the use of telemedicine companies provides cover for a small number of doctors to write a large amount of prescriptions remotely.

What they're saying: "This has put telemedicine scams on Medicare's radar with growing urgency," James Quiggle, director of communications for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, told KHN.

Go deeper: Telehealth isn't a silver bullet

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Trump political team disavows "Patriot Party" groups

Marine One carries President Trump away from the White House on Inauguration Day. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Donald Trump's still-active presidential campaign committee officially disavowed political groups affiliated with the nascent "Patriot Party" on Monday.

Why it matters: Trump briefly floated the possibility of creating a new political party to compete with the GOP — with him at the helm. But others have formed their own "Patriot Party" entities during the past week, and Trump's team wants to make clear it has nothing to do with them.

DOJ watchdog to probe whether officials sought to alter election results

Donald and Melania Trump exit Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 20. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether any current or former DOJ officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 election, the agency announced Monday.

Driving the news: The investigation comes in the wake of a New York Times report that alleged Jeffrey Clark, the head of DOJ's civil division, had plotted with President Trump to oust acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a scheme to overturn the election results in Georgia.