Four Pennsylvania Ambulance Operators Indicted For Fraud

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Fox 29 Investigates has learned exclusively Thursday morning that the U.S. Attorney has indicted four Philadelphia area ambulance company operators for healthcare fraud.Indicted is 43-year-old Boris Rostovsky, the operator of the Gray Eagle Ambulance Co. In an indictment unsealed Thursday morning, the feds charge Rostovsky with carrying out a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicare by transporting patients by ambulance who were able to walk or travel by paratransit.Also indicted are Ivan Tkach and Alla and Ilya Sivchuk. They’re charged with health care fraud in their running of the Advantage Ambulance Co.Jeff Cole and Fox 29 Investigates will have full details on the indictments tonight at 6.Stay with Fox 29 News and MyFoxPhilly.com for more on this developing story.last_img read more

CAT program expands its reach

first_imgKnown for connecting Saint Mary’s students and local Title I schools, the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) program is changing lives and expanding locations this semester.“This semester, we are starting our tutoring program at a new school, Harrison Primary, for fourth graders,” CAT student director Christin Kloski said. “… We have tutoring programs at Harrison and Navarre and teacher’s assistants at Harrison, Coquillard and Edison.”She said the College will continue its pen pal program with Coquillard and added Harrison Primary students to the list of letter recipients.Cat was formed in 2006 to provide support for “students in under-resourced schools in the South Bend area,” Kloski said. The program provides academic support, including teacher’s assistants, pen pals and after-school resources.Kloski said she spearheaded the relationship between CAT and Harrison Primary this year by visiting the school.“My first experience with the school was their back-to-school carnival-themed night,” she said. “I volunteered at the school to experience the new school’s environment.”Kloski said her exploration yielded positive findings about the school’s environment.“As the students and parents poured into the cafeteria, I was pleased to see how well the students, parents, staff and teachers communicated with one another,” Kloski said. “There was such a great feeling of community at the school.”Kloski said student participants in CAT were able to experience that sense of inclusiveness first hand.“Later on in the semester, we ended our pen pal program with a literacy night at the school,” she said. “The pen pals from Saint Mary’s and Harrison met one another and were able to get to know one another during the event. The literacy night was a great way for Saint Mary’s students to experience a local community setting.“Harrison Primary was a place where Saint Mary’s students could see how well the South Bend community and the school community were able to work together.”Sophomore and CAT scholar Jade Johnson said meeting her pen pal for the first time at the end of the semester dinner was her favorite part of the program.“You get to know all about [your pen pal] throughout the semester,” Johnson said. “Without ever seeing their face, they become a part of your life. Putting a face to their name was an amazing experience I’ll never forget.”The pen pal program is important because it helps enhance the reading and writing skills of the third and fourth grade students while giving them a consistent and positive role model, Johnson said.“I encourage people to give it a try,” Johnson said. “Volunteering through the CAT program is a rewarding and exciting experience.”Kloski said all students are welcome to join the CAT program — regardless of major.Tags: CAT program, Coquillard, Harrison Primary, Pen Pal Programlast_img read more

Police seek coin purse owner following burglary

first_img During a search of the area, a second suspect was found and apprehended.From the investigation, officers were able to link these two suspects to four burglaries in the area. Both suspects were in possession of more properties that are not yet linked to any burglary at this time. Persons with information are asked to call PAPD Criminal Investigation Division Det. Barboza at 983-8624. Police are looking for persons living in the vicinity of Avalon Avenue that had a burglary at their residence and had a small “clutch type coin purse containing silver coins.”center_img Port Arthur police are seeking the owner of a coin purse following a burglary in the vicinity of Avalon Avenue.Officers responded to a burglary in progress around 2:15 p.m. in the 3600 block of Avalon Avenue on Sunday. When police arrived they reportedly found one suspect leaving the house and after a brief foot chase, was able to apprehend the suspect, according to information from the Port Arthur Police Department.last_img read more

Nick Carcara

first_imgNick Carcara, a lifelong resident of Nederland, Texas died on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the age of 91 years at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels, Texas.Although humble about his God-given gifts, Nick was an amazing cook, gardener, decorator, home designer, and artist.He never met a stranger and loved to make everyone laugh. Next UpNick was born in Port Arthur, Texas on August 21, 1929 to Vincent Carcara and Nicazia Scalfano Carcara.Nick served in the Korean War, attended Lamar Tech in Beaumont and retired from the Gulf Oil Company at the age of 55.Interment and a celebration of his life will be later this year in Port Neches, Texas. Nick was preceded in death by his brothers Lee Carcara, Bill Carcara, and Tony Carcara and sisters Angelina (Lena) Carcara DuCote, and Mary Carcara.He is survived by nephews Alvin DuCote, Jr., of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Craig DuCote of New Braunfels, Texas, Michael DuCote of Bridge City, Texas, Nickie DuCote of Groves, Texas, and David Carcara of Nederland, Texas. Also, by nieces Cecilia DuCote Shirley of Lumberton, Texas, Christine DuCote McGill of Groves, Texas, Laura Carcara Stewart of Liberty, Texas, Connie Carcara Ulricks of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Roxanne Carcara Harrell of Brandon, Mississippi.last_img read more

It’s Opening Night for Ethan Coen’s Women or Nothing at the Atlantic Theater Company

first_imgIt’s the due date for Ethan Coen’s pregnancy comedy Women or Nothing. The first full-length play from the Oscar winner officially opens off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company on September 16 and will continue through October 13. Directed by David Cromer, the world premiere production stars Susan Pourfar, Robert Beitzel, Deborah Rush and Halley Feiffer. Women or Nothing View Comments Women or Nothing features scenic design by Michele Spadaro, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Bradley King and original music and sound design by Daniel Kluger.center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 13, 2013 Women or Nothing is about two women (Pourfar and Feiffer) so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man (Beitzel). Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother (Rush) of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past—it all defies belief. Why then does it all make sense?last_img read more

Jack Thorne & Matthew Warchus’ A Christmas Carol Will Arrive on Broadway with Campbell Scott as Scrooge

first_imgCampbell Scott View Comments Campbell Scott A new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol will debut on the Great White Way this holiday season. Adapted by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and directed by Matthew Warchus (Groundhog Day), the production will star stage-and-screen veteran Campbell Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. Previews will begin on November 7 ahead of a November 20 opening night at the Lyceum Theatre. The engagement will run through January 5.This acclaimed new take on A Christmas Carol comes to Broadway from London’s Old Vic. The timeless tale of redemption features 12 of the most cherished Christmas carols, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.”Campbell Scott has appeared on Broadway in Noises Off, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Hay Fever, The Real Thing, The Queen and the Rebels and Ah, Wilderness! His screen credits include House of Cards and Dying Young.A Christmas Carol will feature scenic and costume design by Rob Howell, music and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Simon Baker.Complete casting will be announced at a later date. Related Showscenter_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 A Christmas Carollast_img read more

Berkshire Bank Foundation invests over $300,000 in community initiatives

first_imgBerkshire Bank,Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank Foundation is excited to announce that it has awarded $314,901 in grants and pledges to 88 nonprofit organizations through their 3 main grant programs, which focus on community and economic development, education and basic needs. The funding was awarded during the first quarter grants cycle. In 2017, Berkshire Bank Foundation implemented refined priorities focusing on specific outcomes. The organizations and programs receiving funding best achieved these outcomes in the areas of early childhood literacy, financial education, job training, affordable housing, small business development, neighborhood revitalization, food access, health care access and addiction treatment, among others. “We are so pleased to continue supporting many nonprofit organizations making great strides in the areas outlined within our new priorities,” said Lori Gazzillo, Director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to enhance the impact of our support as we work with the various deserving organizations to address our most pressing issues.”Additional details about the Foundation’s philanthropic strategy and application criteria can be found online at www.berkshirebank.com/foundation(link is external)About Berkshire Bank FoundationThrough foundation grants to nonprofits, scholarships to students, environmental programs, and employee volunteerism, Berkshire Bank is making a difference. Each year the Foundation donates $2 million to nonprofits throughout the Bank’s footprint and 100% of bank employees provide over 40,000 hours of service through their XTEAM® corporate volunteer program. Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts’ Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal in 2016. To learn more about Berkshire Bank Foundation, visit www.berkshirebank.com/community(link is external). About Berkshire BankBerkshire Hills Bancorp Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®. The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $9.2 billion in assets and 97 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania providing a network of financial services including personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services.  The company believes life is exciting, and we are driven to exist at the critical moments in our customers’ life.  Through providing our customers big bank resources with small bank attention, we help turn what is exciting to them into reality. Berkshire Bank is the official bank of NESN’s Boston Bruins coverage and the community partner of Boston Seasons at City Hall Plaza. To learn more, visit www.berkshirebank.com(link is external), call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Source: PITTSFIELD, MA, April 20, 2017 – Berkshire Bank Foundation,Yeslast_img read more

Yes, Mission Road Antique Mall will be closing — but not until next summer

first_imgThe Mission Road Antique Mall will be closing at Corinth Square sometime next summer, according to owner Casey Ward.There’s some truth to the rumors going around about Corinth Square’s Mission Road Antique Mall. Yes, the mall will be shutting down — but not for a while yet.Owner Casey Ward this week issued a statement about the future of the business, which has operated out of the old Woolford Farms stables building on the south side of 83rd Street since 1994. Ward says the mall will be closing in its current location sometime next summer, if current plans hold. They may or may not seek to find a new location for the operation. Ward’s full statement is below:The bad news is, the Mission Road Antique Mall will be closing in a year. The good news is, the Mission Road Antique Mall will be open for another year. It’s no secret that the property owner (First Washington Realty) has plans to tear our building down and replace it with Retail Shops and Office Space. For the last ten years we’ve known the Antique Mall had an expiration date, we just weren’t sure what that date would be. Since the rumor mill is operating at full tilt right now, I wanted our customers, friends and associates to hear it ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’. We will likely be closing the Antique Mall by August of 2018. We may or may not relocate. If this is to be ‘the end of an era’, we hope our loyal customers will come shop often over the next twelve months and make the final year at Mission Road Antique Mall the best one EVER.Mission Road Antique Mall features showrooms with items from more than 300 resale vendors across 50,000 square feet of retail space.last_img read more

Report ties 2 US cases of MCR-1 to problematic GI scope

first_imgPhysicians at Massachusetts General Hospital today reported the first documented healthcare transmission of bacteria harboring the MCR-1 gene in the United States.In a case study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the physicians report that two patients at the hospital had highly related MCR-1–positive Klebsiella pneumoniae samples isolated from clinical cultures, and that the transmission of the multidrug-resistant bacteria between the two patients is linked to shared exposure to a duodenoscope—a medical device used to diagnose and treat digestive tract issues. An epidemiologic investigation identified no other avenues of transmission.The case highlights continuing problems with duodenoscopes, which have been implicated in superbug outbreaks in the United States and Europe in recent years. Because of complex designs, the devices have been found to harbor dangerous bacteria that can be transmitted to other patients, even after being properly cleaned. While device manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have made efforts improve duodenoscope safety, the issues have persisted.The authors of the report say the case also shows why routine testing for colistin resistance is needed. The mobile MCR-1 gene confers resistance to the last-resort antibiotic, which is being increasingly used to treat multidrug-resistant infections. The spread of MCR-1 into already multidrug-resistant pathogens like carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) could make those pathogens impossible to treat.Case identification and investigationThe investigation was initiated in April 2017, when physicians at the hospital identified colistin-resistant K pneumoniae in a patient who had undergone endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) using a duodenoscope. In the procedure, physicians thread the long, flexible tube with a light and camera at the end through the throat and stomach and into the top of the small intestine to examine the inside of the digestive system and treat problems with fluid drainage. ERCP is typically performed when a patient’s bile or pancreatic ducts have become narrowed or blocked.After antibiotic susceptibility testing found that the bacteria were resistant to colistin, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the presence of MCR-1 and other resistance genes. Prior to the investigation, MCR-1 had not been identified at the hospital.A few weeks later, a second patient who had undergone ERCP was identified as carrying colistin-resistant K pneumoniae, and PCR testing of the bacteria also confirmed the presence of MCR-1 and additional resistance genes. Further molecular analysis of isolates from both patients showed that they were very closely related, suggesting transmission between the two patients.Interviews with the index patient revealed that he had visited multiple Caribbean islands 4 months before admission. Because other previous MCR-1 patients in the United States have also reported Caribbean travel, that could explain how the patient acquired the gene. But the second patient had no documented travel outside of the United States, or any recent hospitalizations, and the two patients did not share healthcare providers. Furthermore, tests of rectal swab samples from household contacts of both patients and other patients at the hospital were all negative for colistin resistance and MCR-1.That left the duodenoscope, which was used in both procedures and had been thoroughly cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions, as the likely culprit. Testing of the device at the CDC detected the presence of K pneumoniae and Escherichia coli bacteria, though none of the samples tested positive for MCR-1 or any of the other resistance genes found in the patients’ isolates. In addition, further investigation by the manufacturer, Pentax Medical, found that adhesive on a cap at the tip of the device had peeled off, allowing bodily fluids to get into a sealed area that can’t be cleaned.Persistent issues with duodenoscopesThe authors of the report say the case illustrates that efforts to improve the safety of duodenoscopes, which are used in more than 500,000 ERCP procedures in the United States each year, have not solved the problem.In the wake of a handful of outbreaks of drug-resistant bacteria that were linked to use of duodenoscopes, including a January 2015 CRE outbreak that resulted in two deaths at a Los Angeles hospital, the FDA in 2015 issued a safety communication warning that the design of the devices may impede effective cleaning. Duodenoscope manufacturers subsequently updated cleaning instructions, and the FDA provided details on supplementary cleaning measures.Pentax Medical updated cleaning instructions for the particular device in this case—the ED-3940TK duodenoscope—in 2016. But problems remained.”Although the manufacturer’s updated processing instructions and FDA-issued supplemental measures were used, the duodenoscope was persistently contaminated with enteric bacteria, most likely due to a distal cap defect that allowed material to penetrate a sealed area inaccessible to cleaning,” they write.Furthermore, the authors argue, guidance issued by Pentax and the FDA in January 2017 to notify customers of potential problems with the distal end cap was of limited use. The guidance recommended that hospitals inspect the adhesive binding on the cap for damage and to stop using devices that showed any problems, but experts at the hospital and the CDC couldn’t find any damage on the device that was used on the two patients. This indicates that, in practice, “it is difficult for even experienced users to identify subtle defects in these complex devices.”In February 2018—after these two cases were discovered—Pentax issued a recall for the ED-3940TK duodenoscope to replace the distal end cap and other parts of the device and to update the operational manual to recommend annual maintenance. The safety communication issued by the FDA notes that the design changes are intended to “reduce the potential for leakage of patient fluids into the closed elevator channel and under the distal cap.”The authors of the new study say further changes in duodenoscope design, including disposable components and heat-stable components that allow for steam-cleaning, are urgently needed.They also suggest that the two cases of MCR-1 carriage, which were identified through the vigilance of clinicians and lab technicians at the hospital, highlight the need for an FDA-approved colistin susceptibility test to prevent the silent spread of MCR-1 in healthcare facilities.See also:Sep 11 Clin Infect Dis abstractFeb 7 FDA safety communicationFebruary 2015 FDA safety communicationlast_img read more

MACS Names New Events Manager

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement LANSDALE, PA — Wendy Moyer has joined the staff at the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide as its new events manager. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Moyer has previous experience with event planning and management for the PGA tour and has a background in broadcast production. In her new role at MACS, Moyer’s duties will include management and planning of the MACS annual trade show and mobile A/C training clinics. To learn more about MACS, go to: www.macsw.org. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more