Former Owner of Long Beach Hospital Charged in Health Care Fraud Scheme That Paid Tens of Millions of Dollars in Kickbacks for Referrals for Spinal Surgeries Billed to Workers’ Comp Programs

Former Owner of Long Beach Hospital Charged in Health Care Fraud Scheme That Paid Tens of Millions of Dollars in Kickbacks for Referrals for Spinal Surgeries Billed to Workers’ Comp Programs

Santa Ana, CA…The former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach was charged today in a long-running health care fraud scheme that involved tens of millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks in exchange for referrals of thousands of patients who received spinal surgeries. The referrals to the hospital led to more than $500 million in […]

New CalPERS Costs To Be Borne By Local Governments

New CalPERS Costs To Be Borne By Local Governments

Sacramento, CA…Earlier this week, the Board of Directors of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) adopted new actuarial assumptions. These assumptions stem from recent staff reviews of the overall system and needs associated with providing benefits to its members. The adoption of these new assumptions will result in employer (local government members and the […]

Water Crisis Results From Years Of Inaction Says Farm Bureau

Water Crisis Results From Years Of Inaction Says Farm Bureau

Sacramento, CA….Today’s announcement by the federal Central Valley Project that it will deliver no water to most of its farm customers highlights the lack of investment California has made in new water supplies, according to the president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. CFBF President Paul Wenger said the state has failed to insulate itself […]

Reclamation Announces Initial 2014 Central Valley Project Water Supply Allocation

Reclamation Announces Initial 2014 Central Valley Project Water Supply Allocation

Sacramento, CA…The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2014 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors, municipal and industrial contractors and federal refuges. The California Department of Water Resources reports that snowpack and precipitation in the Sierra Nevada are historically low and the snow-water content statewide stands at 29 percent of average […]

California State Senator Ronald Calderon Charged with Taking Bribes in Exchange for Official Acts on Behalf of Hospital Owner and Independent Film Studio That was Actually an FBI Front

California State Senator Ronald Calderon Charged with Taking Bribes in Exchange for Official Acts on Behalf of Hospital Owner and Independent Film Studio That was Actually an FBI Front

Los Angeles, CA….Ronald Calderon, a member of the California State Senate, has agreed to surrendered to federal authorities on Monday after being named in a federal grand jury indictment that accuses him of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from a businessman and from people who were associated with a Hollywood film studio […]

Colorado Plans for $99 Million In Marijuana Tax Revenues in FY 2014-15

Colorado Plans for $99 Million In Marijuana Tax Revenues in FY 2014-15

Denver, CO…Gov. John Hickenlooper today released a proposed spending plan for revenues collected as a result of Proposition AA, which voters approved last fall to establish excise and sales taxes on adult-use marijuana. The spending plan calls for $4.5 million in FY 2013-14 and $99 million in FY 2014-15.   “When the voters passed Amendment […]

South Lake Tahoe’s Bowman Golden in Olympic Debut

South Lake Tahoe’s Bowman Golden in Olympic Debut

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 20) – Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) became the first-ever women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing champion Thursday, taking gold in the sport’s debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Bowman boosted to the top spot with her first run, and then extended her lead in a second round that saw […]

CDCR Launches New Rehabilitative Services for Long-Term Offenders

CDCR Launches New Rehabilitative Services for Long-Term Offenders

Sacramento, CA…The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is launching a pilot program offering targeted rehabilitative services to inmates serving long-term sentences. The Long-Term Offender Pilot Program (LTOPP) provides evidence-based programming during incarceration and services upon release to allow inmates an easier transition back into society. “Due to the length of incarceration, long-term offenders […]

PillCam® Coming To An Alimentary Canal Near You

PillCam® Coming To An Alimentary Canal Near You

Yoqneam, Israel…Given Imaging Ltd, (NASDAQ: GIVN), a world leader in GI medical devices and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared PillCam COLON as a new modality to provide visualization of the colon. It may be used for detection of colon polyps in patients after an incomplete […]

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