Month: November 2011

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  • November
    27 2011

    Federal Lawsuit Highlights Problems With Medicare Payment

    According to reports, a lawsuit filed in Dallas, Texas against one of the nation’s biggest hospice companies highlights how Medicare’s payment methods can offer unintended financial incentives to wrongfully move patients from HMOs into hospice programs and then into hospitals. In a complaint filed in federal court, a former general manager of Vitas HealthCare Corp.’s […]

  • November
    22 2011

    Texas Politicians Come Under Fire For Fracking Lobby Donations

    According to a recent report, Rep. Joe Barton and Sen. John Cornyn were the top recipients of campaign contributions from companies involved in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” According to the Common Cause report, “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets,” which ranked 100 top recipients of the fracking lobby, Barton received $514,945 from Jan. 1, 2001, through June […]

  • November
    17 2011

    Texas Officials Believe Wildfire Threat Will Continue Through The Winter

    According to reports, conditions in the state of Texas have been extremely conducive to wildfires for the past year. Further, officials say there appears to be no end in sight. Currently, authorities around the state are preparing for future large blazes which could ignite anywhere across the drought stricken state during the winter months. Authorities […]

  • November
    15 2011

    Victims of Fort Hood Shooting Seek 750 Million Dollars

    According to reports, in what some say could be the first step toward a massive federal lawsuit, 83 people who consist of victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage and the family members of those killed in the attack have filed administrative claims against the U.S. government alleging negligence and seeking around $750 million […]

  • November
    08 2011

    Audit Questions Railroad Commission’s Inspection of Texas Natural Gas Pipelines

    According to a state auditor’s report, the Texas Railroad Commission inspected only 65 percent of the highest-priority pipelines last year. Reportedly, the pipelines received the high-priority designation after being identified in the Railroad Commissions annual inspection work plan. Sources say the finding also determined that the Railroad Commission has “opportunities to strengthen” its Pipeline Safety […]