Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hospital sues law firm for legal malpractice, Pembroke Pines Homecare Agency Notes The Florida Current Report

By Christine Jordan Sexton, August 29, 2011http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/ A merger negotiated behind closed doors between a private hospital and public facility spawned a controversy in the Florida Legislature last year and helped lead to the creation of a gubernatorial committee on taxpayer-funded hospital districts. Now the failed merger has spawned a malpractice lawsuit. The Southeast Volusia Hospital District board of directors voted unanimously last week to move ahead with a $22.5 million lawsuit against Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster Kantor & Reed and one of its attorneys, Jim Heekin . The hospital is arguing that Heekin advised the public facility to merge with Adventist Health System in closed meetings. Heekin is a former chairman of the Board of Regents, the now-defunct panel that […]

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What is Social Security Number Randomization? Starting June 25, 2011, Social Security Administration Will Begin Limiting Numbers Avaialble for Issuance to Individuals By State

Effective June 25, 2011, the U.S. Social Security Administration is changing the way Social Security Numbers (SSNs) are issued. This change is referred to as “randomization.” The SSA is developing this new method to help protect the integrity of the SSN. SSN Randomization will also extend the longevity of the nine-digit SSN nationwide. The SSA began assigning the nine-digit SSN in 1936 for the purpose of tracking workers’ earnings over the course of their lifetimes to pay benefits. Since its inception, the SSN has always been comprised of the three-digit area number, followed by the two-digit group number, and ending with the four-digit serial number. Since 1972, the SSA has issued Social Security cards centrally and the area number reflects […]

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Health News Florida Reports: Layoffs hit some Florida county health units harder than others, Broward home health care agency notes

Layoffs hit some county health units harder than others By Carol Gentry8/24/11 © Health News Florida Department of Health lists of employee layoffs by county show a big difference in the effect on local health units of the Legislature’s funding cuts. Some counties are laying off a dozen or more employees, while others are not eliminating personnel at all, instead ending certain services, such as flu clinics. The lists — one for state employees, the other for those on temporary contracts — don’t include some counties, since they reflect layoffs of personnel accomplished or identified as of Aug. 10. The biggest change, at least on paper, appears to be at Hillsborough County Health Department, which is losing more than 100 […]

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Miami Herald reports Miami mother and son Medicare fraud duo of Angie’s Home Health Care Inc. sentenced to jail, $1,566,288 in restitution

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Mom and Son Sentenced in Medicare Fraud Pair will have to pay back $1.5 million taken in scheme By Brian HamacherTuesday, Aug 23, 2011 | Updated 12:25 PM EDT A Miami mother and son Medicare fraud duo were sentenced Monday in a scheme that bilked the program out of over $1.5 million, federal prosecutors said. Angela Bustillo, 57, was sentenced to 71 months in prison and son Alfredo Morrera, 30, was sentenced to 57 months in prison for their roles in the scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Both will have to pay back $1,566,288 in restitution and will serve three years of supervised release at the end of their prison sentences. According to […]

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Miami Herald’s Jay Weaver reports jury convicts Miami woman of Medicare fraud involving mental-health clinics; Two Home Health Care Agencies in Conspiracy: ABC Home Health Care and Florida Home Health Care Providers

Posted on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 Jury convicts Miami woman of Medicare fraud involving mental-health clinics BY JAY [email protected] A business woman accused of conspiring with the owners of a Miami-based company in the nation’s biggest mental-health billing racket was convicted of defrauding Medicare Tuesday by a federal jury. Judith Negron, 40, of Hialeah, served as vice president of a subsidiary of American Therapeutic Corp., a seven-clinic chain that billed Medicare $200 million for group mental health sessions that were either unnecessary or not provided to patients. Some people, suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, could not have benefitted from the treatments. Negron ran MedLink Professional Management Group, which Justice Department prosecutor Jennifer Saulino said was set up solely to […]

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