Monday P.M. Report

Justice Department joins suit accusing Mayo of billing fraud: A federal judge has unsealed a lawsuit that accuses the Mayo Clinic of fraudulently billing for surgical services that weren’t performed. The suit was originally filed in November 2007 by attorney and former neurologist David Ketroser. U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle unsealed the allegations last week after the Department of Justice joined the case. “Over the course of the last ten years, Mayo has routinely billed Medicare, Medicaid and other federally sponsored health care programs for surgical pathology services that have not been performed,” the complaint alleges. The Mayo Clinic denied the allegations through a statement issued today by spokesman Bryan Anderson. Read full story

BlackBerry store opens at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: A BlackBerry phone store has opened at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The store will sell Research in Motion smart phones, service plans, software, accessories and training. The store is officially called BlackBerry from Wireless Giant. Read full story

Target launches $500 million literacy initiative: Target Corp. said today that it will donate at least another $500 million to education through 2015, as the retailer focuses much of its corporate giving attention on a literacy push. The philanthropic funding is aimed at increasing the number of third-graders who can read proficiently. Read full story

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