Sources: Perry Offered to Restore Vetoed Funding if DA Resigned | The Texas Tribune

Even after Gov. Rick Perry stripped funding for the agency that prosecutes state public corruption cases, his emissaries worked to swap the resignation of embattled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg for restoration of the money, several sources told The Texas Tribune this week. The Tribune learned of the proposal as a grand jury considers whether Perry overstepped his authority … [Read more...]

Stolen laptops lead to important HIPAA settlements

Two entities have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. These major enforcement actions underscore the significant risk to the security of patient information posed by unencrypted laptop computers and … [Read more...]

Support grows for adult dental Medicaid coverage in Mo. | Dr. Bicuspid

A $48 million budget proposal from the Missouri House of Representatives would cover adult dental care for 300,000 Medicaid recipients. The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to the additional $48 million in Medicaid spending last week, according to a report by Mid-Missouri Public Radio. However, the funds could only be used for preventative dental care and payment to dentists for providing … [Read more...]

With Eyes on 2016, Perry Is Mired in the Past – NYTimes.com

AUSTIN, Tex. — The last nine months of Rick Perry’s tenure as the longest-serving governor of Texas were supposed to be a political victory lap. Greg Abbott, the Republican state attorney general, and Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator, both of whom are vying to replace Mr. Perry, have been sparring across Texas. Meanwhile Mr. Perry has been traveling the country and the world promoting … [Read more...]

Office of the Governor Rick Perry – Governors Perry, Scott and Jindal Urge President Obama to Strengthen Medicare Advantage

Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today sent a letter urging President Barack Obama to take meaningful steps to strengthen and improve the Medicare Advantage program. The program, which offers an alternative health insurance plan provided by a private company to Medicare recipients, has proven as effective as traditional Medicare in reducing hospital … [Read more...]

New grand jury expected to be seated in Gov. Rick Perry’s ethics case | Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN — A Texas judge was expected to seat a grand jury Monday in an investigation into whether Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors last year. Special State District Judge Bert Richardson was to oversee the impaneling in Austin. The governor’s office didn’t return messages seeking comment, but The Austin-American Statesman and KVUE-TV reported … [Read more...]

Texas State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit: 2013 Onsite Review Report OEI-06-13-00300 04-11-2014

WHY WE DID THIS STUDY OIG oversees the activities of all Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs or Units). As part of this oversight, OIG conducts periodic reviews of all Units and prepares public reports based on these reviews. The reviews assess Unit performance in accordance with the 12 MFCU performance standards and monitor Unit compliance with Federal grant requirements. HOW WE DID THIS … [Read more...]

HHSC “Judge” Denies Disqualification of HHSC “Judge”

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HHSC appeals "judge" Keith Grantham has denied a motion to disqualify HHSC appeals "judge" Rick Gilpin from presiding over the overpayment "hearing" of M&M Orthodontics of San Antonio.  The ruling came out April 4th. "Court," not court TDMR is now placing quotes around judicial terms relating to the HHSC appeals process because the Attorney General of Texas has given the opinion that … [Read more...]

Stick DWI Hearing Now May 12th

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The probable next Chief Legal Counsel for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Jack Stick has had his DWI hearing again delayed, now to May 12th. The original arrest date was September 2012. Per the Travis County Criminal Court Clerk's record, Mr. Stick has a new lawyer, Brian J. Roark of the Austin law firm of Botsford & Roark. The only reason this is mentioned is because the … [Read more...]

Prolific Donors Are Behind Perry’s Marketing Tool | The Texas Tribune

When Gov. Rick Perry announced last summer that he wouldn’t run for re-election, he said he was committed to spending his last 18 months in office working to create more jobs and opportunity in Texas. It’s a pledge he has taken seriously, traveling to places like California, New York and Israel in the last year to promote the “Texas Miracle” and recruit companies to bring jobs to the … [Read more...]