The operators of a former Winamac ambulance service have been ordered to pay almost $1 million in restitution, in connection with a health care fraud scheme. Jacqueline Jay Podell, 46, and Michael Wilson, 53, both of Winamac, were sentenced last week in U.S. District Court, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch.Continue reading
Steps are being taken to make sure those using Medicaid and other Indiana Health Coverage Programs can maintain their coverage during the COVID-19 public health emergency. That includes members of the Healthy Indiana Plan, Hoosier Care Connect, and Hoosier Healthwise.Continue reading
The Knox School Board accepted almost $8,000 in donations this week. Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart says $1,000 of that was from the VFW.Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation will continue to get some help when it comes to seeking Medicaid reimbursements. Last week, the school board voted to renew the corporation’s agreement with Go Solutions Group for 2020, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman. He says there won’t be any major changes to the cost next year.Continue reading
Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin presented an Incarcerated Offender Provider Agreement to the county commissioners Monday night.
Pulaski County’s ambulance fees are going up. Last week, the county commissioners agreed to increase some of the fees the EMS Department charges private insurance carriers.Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Board is taking steps to help students get the mental health services they need. Board members approved a service agreement with the Bowen Center Monday, according to Superintendent Dr. Don Harman.Continue reading
The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation is stepping up its mental health services for students. A memorandum of understanding with the Bowen Center was approved by the school board Tuesday.Continue reading
The Culver Community Schools Corporation’s purchase of a new bus hit another procedural snag that had to be corrected by the school board Thursday. School officials have decided to replace an extra bus this year. The bus in question was originally scheduled for replacement in 2020.
Oregon-Davis High School’s athletic facilities will get a new water fountain, thanks to the Hamlet Lions Club. “The Hamlet Lions Club is donating a lion fountain that we will be placing out by our soccer field/track area,” says Superintendent Dr. Don Harman, “and we hope to install that in the springtime.”
The Culver Community Schools Corporation is looking to replace an extra school bus this year. Bus 24 was scheduled to be replaced in 2020, but school officials have decided to move that forward, according to Treasurer Casey Howard. The school board took steps to make funds available earlier this month. But Howard told board members this week that the 2018 through 2030 bus replacement plan had to be amended before the state would allow the additional appropriation. The school board passed a resolution Monday to accept the amended plan.
The Pulaski County Commissioners have decided to check and see if the county is eligible for fuel tax reimbursements. Last week, the commissioners conditionally agreed to hire consulting firm Malcon to help with the process.
The Knox Community School Corporation has entered into another agreement for mental health services. Last month, the school board approved a one-year contract with Porter-Starke Services for the elementary and middle schools, with the understanding it could be expanded to the high school in the future. But during this week’s meeting, board members approved a contract with the Bowen Center for services at the high school.
Knox Elementary and Middle School students will soon be able to get increased mental health care, thanks to a new agreement with Porter-Starke Services. Porter-Starke President and CEO Matthew Burden discussed the new program with the Knox School Board Tuesday.
The State of Indiana is bringing in a third-party company to oversee Medicaid operations and Medicaid patients. Pulaski County EMS Director Bryan Corn told the Pulaski County Commissioners about the change on Monday morning.
Four people involved with a San Pierre ambulance service are among those facing criminal charges, following a nationwide crackdown on health care fraud. Edward T. Kerr Jr., Brenda Kerr, Mark K. Estrada, and Tammy Estrada are accused of submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, leading to losses of over $100,000, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch. The four were believed to be involved in the operation of United Mobile Care.
A nationwide crackdown on health care fraud has led to charges against two people involved with a Winamac ambulance service. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says his office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit took part in 12 of those investigations in Indiana.
Pulaski County EMS continues to deny most ambulance transfer requests from Pulaski Memorial Hospital, but EMS Director Bryan Corn expects that to change, as new paramedics are added to the department. He told the county commissioners Monday that his department denied all but one of the hospital’s 10 transfer requests during the month of April. Pulaski County EMS has decided not to take transfers when there’s only one paramedic on duty.