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Prime Health Care Settles Another Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleging Medicare Fraud

Two employees of a Philadelphia hospital who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the hospital’s parent company and its founder have helped the U.S. government recover $1.25 million in Medicare funds. Prime Health Care Services and Dr. Prem Reddy, the company’s founder and CEO, agreed to settle the whistleblower lawsuit Feb. 14, resolving allegations that two of its hospitals, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, and Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, engaged in schemes to increase their Medicare billings. According to federal prosecutors, the whistleblowers alleged that the hospitals admitted Medicare beneficiaries who visited the ER when they should have ... Read More

Nursing home employees indicted for letting patient ‘rot to death’

Seven former and current employees of an Ohio nursing home were indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges they mistreated two patients in their care, including one who “literally rotted to death,” Attorney General Dave Yost said during a news conference. The seven employees were nurses at Whetstone Gardens and Care Center in Columbus, Ohio in 2017. They face a combined 34 charges including involuntary manslaughter and patient neglect, and for causing a patient physical harm because they falsified her medical records and forged signatures. “This is gut wrenching for anyone who has entrusted a care facility ... Read More

Google Ending Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment, Assault

Responding to internal pressures, Google will end forced arbitration for its current and future employees starting March 21. Spurred by employee protests and walkouts last year, the Menlo Park, California-based tech giant says it will no longer include a forced arbitration clause in its regular employee contracts. The arbitration agreements Google is ditching required workers to waive their right to sue the company for sexual harassment and sexual assault. Google will also strike mandatory arbitration requirements for employees of Google subsidiary companies, including X research and development lab, the DeepMind AI program, and the Access broadband unit. But the changes ... Read More

New study finds ‘compelling’ link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma

People exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup, have a 41 percent increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), according to a new analysis published in the journal Mutation Research. “All of the meta-analyses conducted to date, including our own, consistently report the same key finding: exposure to GBHs (glyphosate-based herbicides) are associated with an increased risk of NHL,” the authors wrote in the study. The study, conducted by researchers with the University of Washington, is the most up-to-date analysis of glyphosate and its link to NHL. It incorporates a “2018 study of more ... Read More

Appeals court upholds family’s $14 million asbestos award

The $14 million award given to the family of a man who died from a disease caused by asbestos exposure was upheld this week by a South Carolina appeals court. Dennis Seay had sued Celanese Corp., in September 2013, a month after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He died December 2014. Seay was employed by Daniel Construction Company, which was hired by Celanese. Seay did maintenance and repair work on machinery at a Celanese facility from 1971 to 1980 during which he was exposed to materials containing asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in construction materials until the 1980s, when its ... Read More

Long Island Rail Road Commuter Train Crash Kills Three

Authorities investigating a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) commuter train crash Tuesday night that killed three people and injured several others say a car was trying to beat the gate when it was struck by two trains traveling in opposite directions. The three people killed in the crash were all occupants of the car that drove around the lowered gates at a grade crossing near the Westbury station. Long Island Rail Road president Phillip Eng confirmed that the gates were lowered and the lights were flashing when the car attempted to cross the tracks. Authorities said an eastbound train struck ... Read More

MacGyver Producer Gets Federal Fine for Stuntman’s Head Injury

Federal regulators hit producers of the CBS television show MacGyver with a penalty of nearly $10,000 for safety violations related to the on-set injury of a stunt man last summer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed that Eye Productions Inc., a CBS subsidiary company that produces the MacGyver shows, pay a penalty of $9,742 for failing to provide adequate protection from head injury during stunts. Stunt man Justin Sundquist suffered a serious head injury on the Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, film set when performing a stunt from a moving vehicle traveling about 18 mph, OSHA said. The head injury ... Read More

Las Vegas doctor arrested for illegally prescribing fentanyl spray

After “Patient A” died from an overdose of the highly potent fentanyl spray Subsys, “hundreds of Subsys canister sprays were found in and around Patient A’s bedroom, bathroom, work place and vehicle,” and the Las Vegas doctor who prescribed him the drug is now facing charges of health care fraud and unlawful distribution of fentanyl, according to a federal jury indictment. Steven Wolper, M.D., allegedly illegally prescribed Subsys to 22 patients and lied that they had cancer to insurance companies and Medicare. Subsys is a highly addictive opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is only approved ... Read More

Underride Crash Kills One Person, Injures Two in South Carolina

Authorities are investigating a deadly underride crash that killed one person and critically injured two others when the van they were in collided with the back of a tractor-trailer in Beaufort, South Carolina, Feb. 17. The underride crash occurred around 7:20 a.m. when for reasons not yet known the van crashed into the back of the tractor-trailer. According to Charleston’s ABC News Channel 4, the City of Beaufort-Town of Port Royal Fire Department said all three van occupants were significantly entrapped in the wreckage. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires tractor-trailers to be equipped with rear underride guards ... Read More

Drummond to pay $775,000 to settle benzene pollution violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S Department of Justice, and the Jefferson County Board of Health in Alabama have reached a settlement with Drummond Company over allegations that Drummond’s ABC Coke facility north of Birmingham, Alabama, was releasing 10 times the amount cancer-causing benzene into the air than it was reporting. As part of the settlement, Drummond will pay $775,000 in penalties, which will be equally split between the EPA and the Jefferson County Board of Health. The company will also complete a supplemental environmental project so that it can establish semi-annual monitoring for leaks using a thermal imaging ... Read More