Two Items About Nursing Homes – $48m and Cameras

First, a large settlement ($48 million) from a nursing home operator on allegations that they non-necessary services and services not rendered.  According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office: The Ensign Group operated skilled nursing facilities that allegedly submitted false claims to Medicare. Between January 1, 1999, and August 31, 2011, the ...

Pharmacy Audits Webinar

  I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live webinar, “Prescription Audits: When the DEA or AG Come Knocking” scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST. Because of your affiliation with my firm, you are eligible to attend this program at half off. ...

Funny moment from SB 863 hearing

I forgot to mention a funny moment from the Workers Comp SB 863 hearing in front of Judge Wu.  Counsel for the plaintiffs was arguing that the exempt entities are big lien claimants and he waved around a print-out showing the largest lien claimants in the state. Judge Wu asked ...

Does this get you angry?

According to the Dallas Morning News: A former Texas prosecutor charged over a wrongful murder conviction agreed to a 10-day jail sentence Friday, accepting the punishment in front of the innocent man he helped put in prison for nearly 25 years. Ken Anderson also will be disbarred and must serve ...

From the Courtroom – Judge Wu indicates that he’s likely to enjoin SB 863

On November 4, Central District of California Judge George Wu indicated that he is inclined to enjoin the workers compensation lien activation fee contained in California’s SB 863.  At that hearing, which was held in a standing-room-only courtroom, he indicated that he was inclined to reject the plaintiffs’ constitutional Taking ...

Bird Marella Wins 2013 Diversity Award

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected Bird Marella to receive the 2013 NAPABA Law Firm Diversity Award.