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Pain MD owner, employees accused of $38M health care fraud

Oct. 16, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The majority owner of Pain MD and three employees are charged with more than $38 million in health care fraud. The charges are part of an indictment filed Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nashville. It charges that between 2010 and May 2018, Michael Kestner, Brian Richey,...

Bevin, Beshear wrangle over education in debate

Oct. 15, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear traded shots in a rancorous debate Tuesday night that turned personal when the incumbent brought up his challenger's children to claim his opponent is a "fraud" in promoting public education. Beshear responded...

New study: Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years

Oct. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

The opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion from 2015 through last year — and it may keep getting more expensive, according to a study released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries. The biggest driver of the cost over the four-year period is unrealized lifetime earnings of those who died from the...

Whistleblower accuses Bismarck clinic of kickback schemes

Oct. 15, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The former CEO of a North Dakota clinic filed a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the facility of participating in kickback schemes that cost the federal government millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims. Jeffrey Neuberger alleges in his lawsuit that doctors from...

Judge in Chicago latest to block Trump green cards policy

Oct. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago had joined three others nationwide in temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's policy to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits. Judge Gary Feinerman granted a temporary injunction Monday night blocking...

To save rural hospitals, Georgia requires classes for CEOs

Oct. 13, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Like many other rural hospitals across the country, Taylor Regional in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, had gone through years of financial troubles. When it approached retired Dr. Skip McDannald for help in 2015, he said he quickly spotted problems. "They were not judicious in the...

Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff

Oct. 13, 2019 12:55 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' quest for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor will stretch over another month, as voters denied him an outright primary win Saturday and sent him to a runoff election. The incumbent's inability to top 50% of the vote in the...

Capitol Watch: Budget wrangling already under way in Albany

Oct. 12, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The second floor of the New York State Capitol is bustling as the governor works on his budget proposal, due in January. The legislative session may still be a season away, but lobbyists are already stalking the halls and pitching their funding priorities to Democratic Gov. Andrew...

Caregivers face increasing challenges in already tough job

Oct. 12, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Terri Van Zante left a full-time job making $12 per hour so she could take care of her mom. The good news: The state pays for her work. The bad news: It ends up being about $2.58 per hour for the 24/7 job, with no vacations or holidays and lots of extra work to get the pay. Van Zante...

Judges block green card denials for immigrants on public aid

Oct. 11, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal judges in three states on Friday temporarily blocked Donald Trump's policy to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits, dealing a setback to one of the president's most aggressive moves yet to cut legal immigration and make it...