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Kansas Chiropractor Pays $1 Million To Settle False Claims Act Suit

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A Kansas City, Kansas, Chiropractor has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $1 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that he and his three clinics billed Medicare for several procedures that were not covered by the healthcare program or not medically necessary. According to U.S. Attorney Tom Beall’s office, chiropractor Brian Schnitta and Natural Way Chiropractic Center will pay the U.S. government $1, 038,903 to resolve the government’s allegations. Federal prosecutors say that Dr. Schnitta, who owns and operates clinics in Overland Park, Kansas; Lenexa, Kansas; and in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, claimed he and his clinics provided treatments ... Read More

False Claims Act lawsuit settles For $1 Million

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A False Claims Act lawsuit filed brought by the U.S. government against a Dodge City, Kansas, penis pump manufacturer ended this week with a $1 million settlement. According to United States Attorney Tom Beall, District of Kansas, Pos-T-Vac, Inc. agreed to pay the U.S. to settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act by improperly charging Medicare for “vacuum products used to treat erectile dysfunction.” Prosecutors alleged that from Jan. 1, 2009, through July 27, 2012, Pos-T-Vac submitted claims for durable medical supplies that were not medically necessary, lacked documentation of medical necessity, or were not properly ordered ... Read More

Tractor-trailer Fire Sets Off Crashes Involving Commercial Trucks, Fire Engine

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Arkansas authorities are investigating a series of related crashes involving three tractor-trailers and a firetruck on Interstate 40 near the western Arkansas town of Dyer Friday night. The crashes occurred within 15 minutes of each other and started when a tractor-trailer hauling lumber caught on fire, Arkansas State Police spokeswoman Liz Chapman told Arkansas Online. KFSM Channel 5 Ft. Smith reported that the fire started in the tractor trailer’s brakes. Around 5 in the morning, another westbound tractor-trailer swerved to avoid crashing into the fiery truck but collided with the median. Moments later a Mulberry Volunteer Fire Department truck responding ... Read More

Caleb Schwab’s Family Settled Waterslide Death for Nearly $20 Million

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The family of Caleb Schwab, who was killed last summer on the Verrückt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, will receive nearly $20 million in settlement payments from companies found to be liable for the accident. According to The Kansas City Star, “It’s believed to be the largest settlement of its kind paid in a wrongful death case involving a minor in either Kansas or Missouri.” Caleb, the son of Kansas State representative Scott Schwab, was decapitated on August 7 after becoming airborne on the 168-foot-tall waterslide, which the park touted as the tallest waterslide in the world since ... Read More

Deadly Waterslide Remains Standing Months After Boy’s Decapitation

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The “world’s tallest waterslide” is expected to remain standing when the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, reopens in May, less than a year after 10-year-old Caleb Schwab’s brutal deal on the attraction. The waterpark wants the shuttered 168-foot-tall slide taken down because it stands as a grim reminder of Caleb’s horrific accident Aug. 7. The boy, the son of Kansas state representative Scott Schwab, was with his family on “Elected Officials Day” at the waterpark when the accident occurred. Some reports said that the ride’s safety straps failed to contain Caleb, who became airborne as his raft crested a ... Read More

Lax inspections hurt nursing home patients

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Significant understaffing of nursing home inspectors by the Ohio Department of Health has resulted in year-over-year failures by the state to meet federal deadlines for evaluating nursing home facilities, according to records obtained by The Plain Dealer. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with states to inspect nursing homes across the country. The average interval between inspections of the same facility are to take place within 12.9 months, according to the federal agency’s requirements. These surveys are intended to ensure quality care for residents. However, many states, including Ohio, fall outside the 12.9-month inspection interval average. Ohio ... Read More

Class of type 2 diabetes drug may offer heart benefits, but patients must weigh other risks

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Data presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session suggested that patients taking a class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors were at lower risk of being hospitalized for heart failure. But that benefit may come at a cost. People with type 2 diabetes are already at risk for various cardiovascular complications. Heart failure is one of the most common, said Mikhail Kosiborod, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City in an interview with Cardiology Today. “Not only that, but it’s arguably the most morbid of (heart related) complications ... Read More

Police Say Driver Lost Control of Tractor-Trailer Before Fatal Crash on Louisiana Highway

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Louisiana authorities are investigating the crash of a tractor-trailer that killed the driver and another man early in the morning of Sunday, April 2. Louisiana State Troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash around 3:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes of I-49 near Washington, Louisiana, about 30 miles north of Lafayette. Troopers say the crash killed the driver John Boyd, 83, and passenger Charles Hogan, 36, both of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Neither of the men were wearing seat belts. According to WAFB Channel 9 Baton Rouge, State Police said the initial investigation led troopers to find that for reasons not yet ... Read More

Kansas Amusement Ride Bill Seeks Tougher Safety Regulations In Wake Of Waterslide Death

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Kansas state legislators have advanced a new bill that would toughen the state’s amusement ride safety laws months after the 10-year-old son of a Kansas Republican lawmaker was decapitated on a 17-story waterslide. The bill will go to the House floor and will have to be approved by the full chamber. It currently seems to have broad bi-partisan support among the assembly’s Democrats, moderate Republicans, and far-right Republicans, the Kansas City Star reported. Republican Rep. John Barker of Abilene, who pushed for better regulations, told the Kansas City Star that the bill is a “comprehensive first step” because it covers ... Read More

So-called Ag-Gag Bill attempts To Make Agriculture Industry Whistleblowing a Crime

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A new anti-whistleblower “Ag-Gag” bill was introduced in the Arkansas legislature last month, marking the fourth attempt by some of the state’s elected officials to try and make reporting wrongdoing in the agricultural industry a punishable offense. According to the Food Integrity Campaign, the proposed bill HB 1665 is also the most nefarious of the Ag-Gag bills introduced to the Arkansas legislature in recent years because it seeks to gag would-be whistleblowers not just in agriculture, but in other industries as well. The Food Integrity Campaign writes: What could make a bill designed to make it illegal to document crimes ... Read More