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Md. health secy. announces corrective steps after agency had to return unspent ...
Washington PostDecember 1, 2011

Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein told members of the Senate Finance and Budget and Taxation committees he was shocked to hear of such a large expected surplus at the agency that supports services such as residential care, employment, day programs and ...more »

Villalobos' attorneys drop him for not paying legal fees
Los Angeles TimesDecember 1, 2011

However, in legal papers, Villalobos unsuccessfully argued that Cooley should not be relieved from representing him until a US Bankruptcy Court in Reno, Nev., approves his hiring of new counsel. "If this court grants Mr. Villalobos' request, ...more »

Health Care Law News and Stories

Bad Faith Insurance
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Health care and the high court
Washington PostDecember 4, 2011

Larry is Laurence Tribe, a colleague at the Justice Department when this e-mail was sent in late March 2010, on the eve of the health-care bill's passage. The specter of a future Supreme Court justice appearing to cheer the success of legislation she ...more »

Hipaa Compliance
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Senator: No health insurance exchange bill likely in regular session
Lincoln Journal StarDecember 1, 2011

Some testifying before a joint meeting of two legislative committees said the state shouldn't wait for the Supreme Court to decide a lawsuit seeking to overturn the federal health care reform act. But Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee Chairman ...more »

Elder Care Abuse
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Nursing Home Aide Pleads Guilty to Seven Counts of Elder Neglect
Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog (blog)December 8, 2011

According to the News Gazette, a case of seemingly systematic nursing home abuse has led to several criminal charges against the involved care workers. As blog readers are well aware, not only is the mistreatment of the elderly at these facilities ...more »

Living Wills
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Dimock residents ask: 'What will we do for water?'
The River ReporterDecember 1, 2011

The Sautners and other Dimock, PA residents have been living with contaminated water wells for the past three years and receiving water deliveries from Cabot Corporation. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is allowing Cabot to ...more »

Medicare & Medicaid Issues
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Feds to allow use of Medicare data to rate doctors, hospitals and other health ...
Washington PostDecember 5, 2011

... but their files are nowhere near as comprehensive as Medicare's Following appeals from lawmakers of both parties on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul changed federal law to explicitly authorize release of the information. ...more »

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