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If Congress Says No Judicial Review, They Mean No Judicial Review – Sayeth the Fifth Circuit

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Friday in Paladin Community Mental Health Centers v. Sebelius, a case out of the Western District of Texas.  Basically, the ruling holds that if Congress says No Judicial Review, then they mean no judicial review . . . except within some very narrow circumstances, ...

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New OIG Advisory Opinion Regarding Ambulance Services – No. 12-07

I will start out by making the following statements: This one is pretty obvious.  While you might be able to make a case under a really strict reading of the rules, this doesn't come close in terms of creating an issue of a kickback, in my opinion; and I like Greg Demske's style  of writing these Advisory ...

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From Trailblazer – Submitting Medical Records on CD/DVD

Trailblazer is making at least a small move to kill a few less trees this year - they are accepting supporting documentation on a CD or DVD disk.  There are some formatting requirements (see the link below to the jobaid for the procedure from Trailblazer), so pay attention to the requirements. The text of the ...

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Trailblazer is at it Again: Auditing Emergency Room Services

I'm not going to cross post the whole thing, but I direct you to this post on my Texas Nursing Law blog.  Read it carefully and see if it sounds familiar . . . the 98% error rates from the scheduled transport notices were extremely similar.  Why does Trailblazer think that if Physicians ...

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LODD in Houston

I have been notified of a Line of Duty Death in Houston.  The name has not been released to the public, so I will not post it here - I believe I knew him, though not well at all, from doing debit days at Station 69 occasionally.  Appears to have been a heart attack that ...

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EMS Personnel Acting Badly #1

In the Houston Chronicle comments section, some comments are extremely predictable.  Like if a man or woman tries to kill their spouse, the first comments will be something along the lines of "why can't people just get a divorce".  Now I have absolutely no good answer to that question and I tend to avoid those ...

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New Process for Recovery Audit Demand Letters from Trailblazer

Trailblazer sent an email yesterday reiterating some points regarding demand letters for audits.  This currently only covers Part A providers, but Part B providers, which include most ambulance services, should be aware of what is going on with regards to the RAC's and other audit entities.  Text of the email after the jump: Marc New Process ...

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Police Reportedly Stopped Family from Doing CPR, Lawsuit Alleges

According to a report from the Abilene Reporter-News, police in Snyder, Texas arrived on a location of a 911 call for an ambulance and stopped a family member from doing CPR back in 2009.  The gentleman who collapsed eventually died. This report is just a preliminary report from a lawsuit filed by the ...

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Holiday Greetings

Here is to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.  The new year is just around the corner, it will be a bright new year for the Law Office of Marc Meyer and I hope it is to all of you, too!

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Local Fire Chief indicted for perjury related to a DWI incident

An East Montgomery County Fire Chief and his wife were indicted on perjury charges according to a story in the East Montgomery County Observer. Jody Binnion allegedly lied to a grand jury regarding incidents surrounding his November DWI arrest. The original arrest occurred at 1:30am when the Chief Binnion was stopped by Texas DPS.  Allegedly Binnion ...

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