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Blog Posts in April, 2014

  • Hospice Provider Settles Whistleblower Claims For $150 Million

    A major hospice and health care services provider in Pennsylvania has settled whistleblower claims for $150 million. The company, Amedisys, settled seven separate suits filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Just over $26 million will be split between the realtors, with the rest going to the government. The allegations against Amedisys ...
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  • Woman charged with DUI in Florida crash that killed bus driver

    A 25-year-old woman is facing DUI charges for an accident in Tallahassee that killed a 65-year-old school bus driver and injured four others on the bus. The crash occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on April 18. The bus was carrying the track team from Florida High School. They were returning from Jacksonville, where they had competed in a meet. According to authorities, the bus was traveling ...
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  • Miami Tops List of Providers Banned by Medicare

    Of all of Medicare's banned providers , Miami tops the list with nearly 1,500 addresses. Miami comes in first place on the federal government's "exclusion database," which contains more than 57,000 entries. And Miami tops the list by a long shot. Following Miami's 1,491 entries, Los Angeles comes in second place with 522. Phoenix, Brooklyn and Houston round out the top five. However, this does not ...
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  • Study on outpatient misdiagnoses should concern Floridians

    A new study shows reason for concern about the accuracy of diagnoses made at U.S. outpatient facilities. The study was led by a patient safety expert who just received an award from President Obama for his work. Researchers found that just over 5 percent of adults who go to a community health clinic or emergency room are misdiagnosed. Further, according to the study, in these cases there was ...
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  • Florida widow wins wrongful death suit against tobacco companies

    Many of our readers have been aware of the dangers of tobacco their entire lives. The first report by the U.S. Surgeon General linking smoking to lung cancer was in 1964, and warnings have been on cigarette packages since the following year. However, in the 1940s, most people weren't aware of the dangers or the addictiveness of cigarettes. Just last month, the Clay County, Florida, widow of a man ...
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  • Florida auto accident causes death, injuries at day care center

    A day after a car crashed into a day care center in Winter Park after being struck by an SUV, the alleged SUV driver turned himself in to authorities. The man is accused of fleeing the scene of the April 9 crash, which left a 4-year-old girl dead and over a dozen other children and an adult injured at the KinderCare facility. The 28-year-old man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident ...
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  • Fatal California Bus Crash Possibly Linked To FedEx Cargo

    Last week, 10 people were killed in Orland, California when a FedEx truck crashed into a bus full of high school students. Investigators are looking into eye witness accounts that the FedEx truck was already engulfed in flames prior to hitting the bus with 44 students on board. The truck hit another vehicle before crashing into the charter bus. A spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol could ...
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  • Crash test results may concern many Miami SUV drivers

    Midsize SUVs are a popular choice for Miami residents looking for a comfortable way to transport their family around town and on vacations. However, recent crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on nine 2014 models found that they perform very differently in crashes. The IIHS performs six different crash scenarios. A relatively new one is a front overlap crash. It is ...
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  • Evenflo's defective product recall has echoes of Graco's

    Our Miami area readers with young children are probably aware that Graco Children's Products has recalled some 4.2 million of its child safety seats due to a problem with the buckles. They can become difficult to open if food or liquids dry on them. This can pose a real danger in an emergency. Now another well-known maker of products for infants and children, Evenflo, has announced a recall for a ...
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  • Dangers of Hospital-Acquired Infections

    Josh Nahum was admitted to a Colorado hospital after breaking his femur and fracturing his skull in a skydiving accident. The 27-year-old grew ill shortly after undergoing a procedure to drain excess fluid from his head. An antibiotic-resistant bacteria rendered him a quadriplegic, and he died shortly after. A hospital-acquired infection , not falling over 12,000 feet, killed Nahum. At FDBR, we ...
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  • Florida school district pays $800,000 for child's death

    In a case that's lasted over a year, a Florida school district has agreed to pay $800,000 to the parents of a 7-year-old girl. The special needs student went into respiratory failure on her way home from her Riverview school in Jan. 2012. According to her mother, no one called 911 to assist the child until she reached the scene and did it herself. The girl died the following day. The youngster ...
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  • Florida consumers among those reporting tampering with Alli

    Many product recalls are precipitated by a defect found in the product, either by the manufacturer or consumers. Sometimes, however, products are tampered with somewhere in the supply chain or even once they're on the shelves of a store. That's the case with a well-known weight loss drug. Alli, which contains a low dose of the prescription drug Xenical, has been around since just 2007. The ...
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