Tenn. Lawmakers May Waive Gun Permit Requirement
A bill that would allow state residents to carry guns without permits is advancing in both chambers of Tennessee’s Legislature, according to the Nashville Tennessean. It would allow people 21 and older to carry weapons openly or concealed. The bill would prohibit people convicted of stalking or of multiple DUI offenses from carrying weapons.
Prosecutors: Ky. Dentist Prescribed Drugs after Suspension
A Kentucky dentist whose license was suspended in 2020 by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry has been charged with the illegal dispensing of controlled substances. Though Louisville dentist Paul William Yaggie’s license was suspended in September, he continued to see patients and prescribe drugs, including hundreds of hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, which announced federal charges March 3. Yaggie allegedly met patients in the parking lot adjacent to his former office.
Mich. Healthcare CEO Sentenced in $150M Fraud Scheme
The former CEO of a chain of medical clinics in Michigan and Ohio was sentenced to 15 years in prison March 3 for his role in a $150 million fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Michigan resident Mashiyat Rashid, the onetime head of the Tri-County Wellness Group of medical providers, pleaded guilty in 2018 to money laundering and to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Under his leadership, his company’s clinics administered unnecessary back injections to patients in exchange for prescribing millions of medically unnecessary opioids. Twenty one other people, including 12 physicians, have been convicted so far.
Colo. Facilities Cited for Hygiene Saw Many COVID Deaths
An investigation by the Colorado Sun, published March 3, revealed that all but one of the 23 nursing homes in the state where at least 20 residents died from COVID were cited for infection-control problems in the last year. Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment say deaths at nursing homes, long-term acute care, memory care and rehabilitation facilities account for almost 40% of the state’s total deaths from COVID. The death toll for these facilities numbers 2,346 residents and 26 staff members.
Mo. Bill Would Allow Weapons on Buses, Trains
The Missouri House gave preliminary approval March 3 to a bill that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns aboard public buses and trains, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The bill follows the Jan. 31 fatal shooting of a security guard at a transit station. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Adam Schnelting, argues that it would enhance public safety. The legislation would not apply to Amtrak trains.