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CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER 2011: CELEBS FACE A HOUSE OF PAIN
Daily StarJanuary 1, 2012

Show bosses are planning extra surprise evictions – meaning the celebs will constantly be on their guard. A Big Brother source last night revealed: “Producers have ordered more live evictions. They will be dropping like flies after just days in the ...more »

Vancouver teen stabbed in city's 15th homicide of 2011
Vancouver SunJanuary 1, 2012

Vancouver police investigate the city's 15th homicide of the year at an apartment block at 5037 Main St at 35th Ave in Vancouver, BC., on December 31, 2011. A nineteen year-old man is dead of stab wounds and a 48 year-old man is in custody following ...more »

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Bad Faith Insurance
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Tax Relief and Health Care Acts Shape 2011 Returns
Journal of AccountancyJanuary 1, 2012

The Tax Relief Act increased the alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemption amounts for 2010 and 2011 (also known as the AMT patch). For 2011, the amounts are $48450 for unmarried individuals; $74450 for married individuals filing jointly; and $37225 for ...more »

Hipaa Compliance
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2012 US Healthcare: ERISA or PPO? Federal Court Ruled For Aetna In Total ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 1, 2012

"Medical necessity, proper documentation, SIU audit and overpayment recoupment are the most frequent payment disputes in managed care claim denials. Federal law ERISA compliance must be the No. 1 priority in 2012 for all providers in reimbursement ...more »

Elder Care Abuse
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Republicans won't support LePage's cut to elder care facilities
Lewiston Sun JournalJanuary 3, 2012

According to DHHS, the PNMIs provide personal care and housing to about 4290 elderly residents. The facilities also house drug rehabilitation patients and veterans. There are about 300 substance abuse and 608 mental illness facilities. ...more »

Living Wills
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2 lawyers for religious group will take their heated views to court today
Pioneer PressJanuary 4, 2012

Followers believe his every word, so there was little doubt Naomi Isaacson and Rebekah Nett believed the Lord wanted them to study law. But US Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher has warned the two that they have crossed the line that separates zealous legal ...more »

Medicare & Medicaid Issues
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Health-care reform effects serious change
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

Whatever the outcome of a US Supreme Court review of the health reform law next year, 2011 ends with the legislation transforming the local health care industry. Financial incentives and penalties written into the law, and now coming into effect, ...more »

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