Ex La. Inspector May Face Felony In Hotel Collapse
Former Louisiana city building inspector, Julie Tweeter, may face felony charges related to the collapse of New Orleans’ Hard Rock Hotel in October 2019, according to WBRZ on August 3. The collapse killed three and injured 18. Officials allege Tweeter failed to visit the construction site as required and falsified reports to appear that she made visits. The New Orleans inspector general’s investigative report recommends felony charges against Tweeter.
Penn. Doctor Gets 78 Months for ‘Fountain of Youth’ Scam
A Pennsylvania cardiologist received a 78 month sentence for his role in a fraud scheme involving millions in false insurance claims for a “fountain of youth” procedure, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on August 5. In addition, the judge ordered Samirkumar Shah, MD to pay $1.2 million in restitution. Shah offered external counter pulsation—normally used to treat angina—to patients not needing the treatment; he advertised the treatment in newspapers, calling the treatment the “fountain of youth” with the ability to cure all sorts of ailments.
Kan. Reaches to Move Mentally Ill Out of ‘Warehouses’
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services reached an agreement with advocates to prioritize moving people out of Kansas’ 10 mental health nursing homes. The facilities, called “warehouses” by critics, hold over 600 people, most over age 50. The Disability Rights Center of Kansas said the agreement gives those entering the homes more choices as to when they leave the home, according to Kansas Public Radio on August 10.
Calif. Legislation Proposes Repealing State Veterinary Exam
California legislation proposes repealing the requirement that veterinarians take the California State Board Examination (CSBE). California currently requires veterinarians to take three exams, including a national exam. California remains only one of two jurisdictions in the country to require a state-specific exam to practice in the state. The bill enjoys broad support from the California Veterinary Medical Association, according to VIN News on August 11; the Association, however, shared concerns about their ability to enforce rules, considering their current poor fiscal health.
Texas COVID Cases in Nursing Homes Rise
In the past month, the number of Texas nursing homes with at least one active COVID case increased almost 800%, according to Insurance Journal on August 16. At the same time, almost half of nursing home employees in Texas remain unvaccinated. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission reports that since the start of the pandemic, 9,095 nursing home residents have died, amounting tso 17% of the state’s COVID deaths, as of August 11.
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