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Medicaid Fraud Settlement Part of $28 Million Joint State-Federal Agreement PDF 列印 E-mail
作者是 Alan K Chow   
週四, 20 十月 2016 20:18

LARGEST INSTITUTIONAL PHARMACY TO PAY MASSHEALTH $475,000 OVER KICKBACK ALLEGATIONS

Medicaid Fraud Settlement Part of $28 Million Joint State-Federal Agreement

BOSTON– The largest institutional pharmacy in the nation will pay the Massachusetts Medicaid Program (Mass Health) more than $475,000 to resolve allegations that the company participated in a kickback arrangement and caused the submission of false claims to the state, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. The payment is part of a $28 million joint state-federal agreement.

The agreement with Omnicare Inc. (Omnicare) settles claims that the pharmacy giant conspired with pharmaceutical drug manufacturer Abbott Laboratories (Abbott) to engage in a number of disguised kickback arrangements to increase overall use of Depakote, a prescription anticonvulsant drug used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder and to help prevent migraine headaches. Omnicare will pay a total of $476,216 to Mass Health under the settlement.“Omnicare’s illegal kickbacks came at the expense of seniors and vulnerable patients,” said AG Healey. “Corporations that reap illicit profits from Mass Health members and taxpayers will continue to be held accountable by my office.”

Omnicare Inc. was acquired by CVS Health Corporation in August 2015. It provides pharmaceuticals and related pharmacy services to elder care facilities and in other specialized health care settings. The states participating in this settlement contend that between January 2001 and December 2008, Omnicare knowingly solicited and received illegal payments from Abbott through agreements that required Omnicare to engage in certain promotional programs, grants, and other financial support. This alleged conduct resulted in false claims to Medicaid and other federally-funded health care programs.

Omnicare will pay the states and the federal government a total of $28.125 million in civil damages to compensate Medicaid, Medicare, and other federal healthcare programs for harm suffered as a result of the alleged conduct. This settlement is based on two whistleblower cases that were consolidated and are pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The cases were filed under federal and state false claims statutes. Assistant Attorney General Robert Patten of AG Healey’s Medicaid Fraud Division handled the settlement of this matter on behalf of the Commonwealth. The team appointed by the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units to investigate this matter includes representatives from the Offices of the Attorneys General for the states of California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia.

 

 
MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF EDWARD INGERSOLL BROWNE TRUST FUND GRANTS PDF 列印 E-mail
作者是 Alan K Chow   
週四, 06 十月 2016 23:04

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF EDWARD INGERSOLL BROWNE TRUST FUND GRANTS

BOSTON - Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the recipients of the Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund Grants. Pending the approval of the Boston City Council, a total of $856,257 will be distributed among eight projects, designed to enhance and improve public spaces through restoration and public art.

"Edward Ingersoll Browne left an invaluable legacy to the City of Boston, creating a fund that ensures our public spaces remain places of inspiration," said Mayor Walsh. "The grants announced today will help to enhance local neighborhoods, schools and communities, ensuring art remains accessible to all." The approved proposals are as follows:

The Friends of Doherty Park will receive $69,500 for the restoration of the Doherty Park Fountain in Charlestown.

The Mather Parent Council and Boston Public Schools will receive $140,000 for the Communing at Mather School Site Improvement. The grant will cover the construction of a welcoming new gateway to the Mather School in Dorchester, with a granite seating and planting of heirloom apple trees.

Historic Boston Incorporated will receive $150,000 for the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm restoration. Efforts will include landscape enhancement and historic preservation at the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan.

The Old North Foundation of Boston will receive a grant of $46,350 for the Old North Church and Foundation / Longfellow Gardens. The grant will cover the design development of a display of the iconic Longfellow poem combined with a water feature in the North End.

The Manning School Outdoor Exploration Committee will receive a grant of $117,407 for the Joseph P. Manning Elementary School in Jamaica Plain. The grant will cover improvements to the schoolyard, including the creation of a front porch and entry plaza plus a sculpture. The new entrance to the school will serve as a gathering place for students and parts.

The Washington Gateway Main Street Association will receive a grant of $28,500 for Ride Along Washington, a proposal to design, build and install eight bike racks along Washington Street in Roxbury.

The Friends of Frederick Douglass received a grant of $250,000 for the construction of a memorial to Frederick Douglass The project will be sited at 998 Tremont Street in Roxbury.

Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial Association will receive a grant for $54,500 for the installation of an irrigation system and landscaping improvements

In 1892, Edward Ingersoll Browne, a successful Boston attorney with a strong sense of civic pride and public spirit, wrote his will directing that one-third of his estate be set aside in a special fund for the improvement of Boston's public spaces. Grants from Mr. Browne's bequest are utilized for the design, fabrication and installation of permanent works of public art in Boston.

AG HEALEY ANNOUNCES INTENT TO SUE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE OVER OWNERSHIP OF SUBMERGED LANDS OFF MONOMOY WILDLIFE REFUGE IN NANTUCKET SOUND

BOSTON Attorney General Maura Healey announced today that she has notified the United States Fish and Wildlife Service of her office’s intention to file a lawsuit against the federal government to confirm the state’s ownership of thousands of acres of submerged lands bordering the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (Monomoy) in Nantucket Sound.

For generations, the state has responsibly managed and regulated the submerged lands, the waters above them, and the related fisheries and resources for the benefit of both the natural resources and the public. The AG’s expected lawsuit will seek to restore that balance, which has been in place throughout Monomoy’s 72-plus year existence, but has been threatened by federal actions.

“Communities in Massachusetts have led the country in protecting marine ecosystems while supporting a modern and robust fishing and shell fishing industry,” AG Healey said. “After more than 70 years of uncontested ownership and maintenance of the submerged land and the waters above them in Nantucket Sound, we are taking this action to reaffirm our commitment to protect these valuable Cape habitats for future generations.”

On March 31, 2016, the federal government finalized a Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Monomoy, where it claimed to own and control not only the 3,599 acres of land above the low water line that it has historically managed, but also an additional 4,005 acres of submerged land and the open waters in Nantucket Sound that is not part of the National Wildlife Refuge. The federal government’s claim appeared for the first time in 2014, following 72 years of undisputed stewardship and ownership of these lands by the state.

“I’m very happy that the Attorney General is moving forward to defend the state’s interest in the waters west of Monomoy Island,” said State Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown). “It is unconscionable to me that the federal Fish and Wildlife Agency, with the mere swipe of the pen, can usurp state and local interest in this area.”

In 1944, the federal government filed a declaration of taking in federal court to acquire approximately 3,000 acres of land to establish the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, but the court filing did not grant the federal government ownership of “submerged land” lying in Nantucket Sound which would have added an additional 5,934 acres. For most of Monomoy’s 72-year history, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife has viewed its boundary as the land above the low water line – which amounted to 3,599 acres as of the year 2000 – and left the regulation and management of the submerged lands and open waters – 4,005 acres as of the year 2000 – to the state and the Town of Chatham.

The AG’s Office filed extensive comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan, along with its final plan,pressing its long-held view that the federal government did not acquire any of the submerged land in Nantucket Sound through its eminent domain action in 1944.

Todays’ announcement of AG Healey’s intent to file suit is the first litigation-related step in the process of resolving the issue of ownership over the land and bringing to an end the dispute over management of the area. Under the federal Quiet Title Act, a state seeking to challenge the federal government’s claimed ownership of land must notify the head of the federal agency with jurisdiction over the lands in question of the state’s intention to file suit at least 180-days prior to filing the suit. If the parties are unable to resolve the dispute during that period, the AG’s Office expects to file a lawsuit in the U.S District Court for the District of Massachusetts seeking to establish the state’s ownership of the submerged land in Nantucket Sound.

This matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General and Senior Appellate Counsel Seth Schofield of AG Healey’s Energy and Environment Bureau.

 

 
市長結束老兵《波士頓回家的路》 PDF 列印 E-mail
作者是 Alan K Chow   
週五, 22 七月 2016 22:03

市長結束老兵《波士頓回家的路》

(News Chinatown徐佩蒂報導) 週四2016年7月21日,波士頓市長Martin J. Walsh 實踐諾,推出新城市行動計劃,到2018年結束老兵無家可歸的悲劇,他宣布這是大步地滿足了目標,重新啟動該計劃為波士頓的歸途;波士頓已經備有住房 650多户給無家可歸的退伍軍人,另100多名長期無家可歸者也有了住所,Walsh說:「幫助無家可歸者一直是一個非常重要的問題,我們與合作夥伴,改 善並為無家可歸者提供服務深感驕傲,《波士頓的回家路》反映了我們專注於永久性的保障性住房,我們迎接2018年結束無家可歸的慢長目標。」波士頓市已經 推出了提供背景和更新計劃,以及Twitter一個新帳戶 @BostonsWayHome 以隨時了解進度和預訂單位;boston.gov將提供行動計劃的全面概述,以及定期提交進度報告。

波士頓住房和社區開發首席總監Sheila Dillon表示:「波士頓在這項計劃之積極和快捷令人難以置信,有服務供應商強大的網絡給予無家可歸者,多年來,在新的協調辦法實施,從而幫助他們找到一個永久的解決方案。」

新標誌體現了波士頓的歸程的承諾,自啟動波士頓的歸途中,波士頓市與它的夥伴這一年的成功:(1) 通過自2014年7月無家可歸的退伍軍人住房有684户;(2) 識別各項在波士頓市長期無家可歸者,現正在幫助他們找到永久的保障性住房;(3) 自2016年1月101户發給長期無家可歸者;(4) 集中以IT系統平台匹配無家可歸者,2016年8月再推出,提供無家可歸者所需的住房;(5) 自2015年11月,來自政府和非營利機構的代表集資完成此項「住房潮」事件;(6) 共收到$ 425,000的私人捐贈;$ 900,000國家住房券及$1.05 million在新城區的資金支持,與跨機構服務商提供的努力更新系統。

 
賴銘琪環球報說明中華民國對南海仲裁案立場 PDF 列印 E-mail
作者是 Alan K Chow   
週三, 20 七月 2016 22:09

MAYOR WALSH推出新設計網站:BOSTON.GOV

(News Chinatown徐佩蒂報導) 市長 Martin J. Walsh推出《Boston.gov》為波士頓市的新網站功能 + 視覺設計;市長說:「無論你是一名大學生,還是小企業主,我們的目標是提供一個網站,是溫馨的、有人性化的,作為一個進步的城市,我們一直在努力樹立新的標準追求卓越,新的網站設計無障礙走在了前列,超過20,000網頁和一百萬字被修寫,使網站更容易理解和導航。」

新Boston.gov展示了許多顯著的變化,其中包括:(1)設計:Boston.gov功能為波士頓市的一個新的品牌和視覺形象;(2)內容組織:新網站允許用戶通過指南基礎思考問題;(3)語言:整個網站的內容更新篇寫;(4)技術:該網站是建立在Drupal的,開放源碼的內容管理系統,使城市能夠利用一個大的生態系統的開發,以適應該網站用戶不斷變化的需求。Boston.gov也被託管在雲端為用戶提供更安全,更可靠的體驗;波士頓公共路線圖在roadmap.boston.gov網站顯示。

賴銘琪環球報說明中華民國對南海仲裁案立場

駐波士頓臺北經濟文化辦事處表示,新英格蘭第一大報「波士頓環球報」20日刊出賴銘琪處長具名有關中華民國對南海仲裁案立場之投書,賴處長於投書中強調,中華民國政府不接受國際仲裁庭對南海諸島及相關海域任何有損我權益之判斷,該仲裁結果對中華民國不具法律拘束力。

投書指出,中華民國政府堅持對南海諸島及相關海域享有國際法及海洋法之所有權利,海牙國際仲裁庭有關菲律賓所提南海仲裁案之判斷,裁決過程未正式邀請中華民國參與或徵詢意見:「賴處長表示,有關太平島的地位原不在仲裁範圍內,該庭卻逕自擴權,宣稱中華民國所有之太平島為礁岩,此判斷侵犯中華民國之利益,嚴重損害我在南海諸島及相關海域之權益。」

賴處長投書強調,中華民國政府不接受任何損害其權益之決定,該仲裁判斷對中華民國不具法律拘束力。中華民國政府將捍衛我國領土及主權,確保國家利益不受損害;投書並稱,中華民國政府主張南海爭端透過多邊協商和平解決,亦願在平等協商基礎上,與相關國家共同促進南海之和平安定。

臺北經文處指出,「波士頓環球報」發行量逾36萬份,為新英格蘭地區第一大報,該報7月13日曾就菲律賓之南海仲裁案發表社論,惟並未述及中華民國對該仲裁案之立場。

反向抵押貸款

(大小姐手記) 文:徐佩蒂

許多50後都成退休者,有人有積蓄,有人沒有;(Social Security)退休金支票,便成了他們的依靠,過華盛頓傳來最新消息,退休民衆,要注意了;今年社會安全退休金沒有調整了,2017年可能仍然不調整,和今年維持同樣金額。「社會安全信託基金」(Social Security Trust Funds)董事會估計,2017年「生活成本調整」(cost-of-living-adjustment)將會從非常小至沒有改變,它進一步表示,明年社安金將從上漲百分之0.7到0之間,這完全依消費者物價指數,作為調整的根據。

據了解美國人平均社安退休金,每月大約是1,300元,這個數目對許多老人並不足夠,在老年人財務艱難的情況之下,擁有住屋可以作為運用「反向抵押貸款」(reverse mortgage),許多老人運用來獲得退休金之外的「部份財源」,而房子在他們有生之年仍可居住,他們不需要償還貸款。

申請反向抵押貸款的老人出售住屋,或申請人不再用它作為主要住宅,才需要償還貸款餘額,如果申請者故世,房屋若仍有凈值可以讓指定繼承者獲得,但不致將債額餘額轉嫁繼承者身上。

對退休老人或準備退休的人來說,最重要的是在退休前要還清所有房貸及其他債務,至少要減至最低,到自己能夠處理的程度,否則靠社安退休金生活,難度相當高。

退休者社安金不夠用,「聯邦醫療保險」(Medicare)Part B負擔加重更苦,Part B是看病診費和救護車費用,退休者都是在每月領取的社安全扣繳;對老年人而言,社安金未能合理調整,而Medicare福利又遭苛扣,這是雙重打擊,使老年人生活更為艱困。

生活艱困,日子總得過,退休生活如何過?有健康、有財務,才能活得有尊嚴,有活力在陽光初綻的清晨,與三、五好友踏著小碎步,走在山風徐來、鳥語繚繞的山間小徑。

或是在泡一壺老人茶之餘,充分發揮人生數十年累積的智慧,繼續在社會某個角落貢獻專業,讓生命的成就感;軟體巨人微軟總裁比爾.蓋茲,在網際網路上答覆詢問時表示:「我做我感興趣又有挑戰性的工作,擁有世界上最好的工作,我雖然喜歡休閒生活,也愛看書,但是最快樂的挑戰還是來自工作,我一點也不想退休。」


最近更新在 週四, 21 七月 2016 20:41
 
市長Walsh白宮演講;敦促國會採取;管制槍支暴力的戰略 PDF 列印 E-mail
作者是 Alan K Chow   
週二, 24 五月 2016 21:34

市長Walsh白宮演講;敦促國會採取;管制槍支暴力的戰略

(News Chinatown徐佩蒂報導) 波士頓市長WALSH (星期二) 2016年5月24日在華盛頓,出席一項「行政行動及協助工作重要性」討論時,在其演詞中「敦促」國會採取行動管制槍支暴力的戰略。

市長演講內容:「我要感謝美國總統奧巴馬,副總統拜登及政府主辦這次會議,我要感謝我的同胞市長(San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee)舊金山市長李孟賢及(Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett) 密爾沃基市市長湯姆·巴雷特,以及謝謝這次所有來自50個州的領導人。

謝謝你 (Attorney General Maura Healey) 馬薩諸塞州代表總檢察長莫拉希利讓我參加了代表隊;感謝我們的主持人預防槍支暴力的創始人美國州議員Brian Kavanagh;以及我的同胞小組成員:防止婦女暴力侵害會 Bea Hanson、(Connecticut Governor Malloy) 康涅狄格州州長馬洛伊、( Los Angeles City Attorney Feuer) 洛杉磯市檢察長福耶爾。

「槍支暴力」 - 是我們這個時代要面對的決定性挑戰之一,無論對兒童和成人它都是一個毀滅性的災禍,我們在這正在採取行動,在許多層面上,制止槍支暴力,我們有成功以顯示,在波士頓我們已經看到了兇殺案下降了一半以上,90年代中期(1995年的98宗兇殺案到2015年降至40宗。)但是我們知道,槍支有關的死亡實在是太多了,我們必須做得更多,全國城市領導人都在尋找這個解决問題。

我讚揚美國總統奧巴馬在此事件上的嚴刑峻法,作為領導者自己,我們也必須走自己的執行行動,解決槍支暴力,在各級別我們都需要一個協調的方式,例如,在波士頓,我們知道槍支暴力不只是一個波士頓的問題,還是整個新英格蘭的問題,在波士頓70% 的犯罪槍支案來自其他國家。

因此,我們召開了區域槍峰會,我們已在區域組織了一致應對協調方式,深入到80多個城、鎮,在我們最近的槍峰會上,我們宣布了與全國性的非營利機構與我們的執法部門緊密合作,以防止非法流動和使用槍支;我們正在深入到我們的居民和負責槍支的所有人士,我們已經得到了積極的回饋,很顯然他們希望成為解決方案的一分子。


在地方上我們正在採取更多的措施:我們分析追踪槍支濫用;我們有一個成功的槍回購計劃;我們還制定了對副本手槍在全市範圍內禁止;此舉保障了孩子的生活,我們在教育婦女約持有槍支的危險指引;我們知道,槍支暴力是非常複雜的,它重疊與其他社會問題:如非法使用毒品,家庭暴力和心理疾病,我們需要確保我們所有的制度和機構正在相互交談,並一起工作,我們需要確保各級政府在工作上一致。

我想為所有在自己的城市採取打擊槍支暴力行動的州長及州議員鼓掌,在此問題上,我希望大家充分合作,大家都有責任來結束槍支暴力,我們只有團結起來才可以做到這一點。謝謝。」

市長Martin J. Walsh今應邀出席白宮分享《戰略報告》

(News Chinatown鄒國綸報導) 2016年5月23日市長Martin J. Walsh宣布,他已被邀請5月24日(週二) 到白宮參加「全國各地預防槍支暴力」召開會議;這項在華盛頓特區「白宮召集」了一批來自50個城市市長及領導層官員參與,與政府高級官員交換有關他們正在 採取,在社區對槍支暴力的步驟,(Boston Police Commissioner) 波士頓警察局長William Evans將聯同市長參加峰會。

市長Walsh說:「我很榮幸地接受了白宮的邀請,討論市長如何解決槍支暴力的困擾,太多我們社區的具體例子,槍支暴力成為我們這個時代的挑戰之一,我們知道“黑槍”在犯事者手中所造成的危害,我們必須要俱備有效的常識、策略會同各區域的夥伴共同合作。」

市長將參加在美國有關的行政措施中心,上午的會議,並會在白宮對預防槍支暴力和家庭暴力的全國討論會議作出演說,副總統拜登會在白宮會議中致詞;今年早些時候,美國總統奧巴馬宣布了一系列的常識性措施來保證槍支出錯,使社區免受暴力槍更現安全。

市長Walsh和波士頓警察局長 Evans努力採取解決槍支暴力問題,去年,波士頓市委託的研究和分析,追踪波士頓警方歷時6年收回槍支的犯罪數據,加強管制犯罪集團,努力減少槍支的數 量;隨後,市長Walsh已經召開了4次新英格蘭槍峰會,有來自全國各地的新英格蘭地區附近80個城市和城鎮市政官員和執法的領導人分享戰略,以減少槍支 暴力和減少非法槍支販運。

波士頓市落實2015年副本手槍禁令後,一些城市在新英格蘭地區已經開始探索實施類似的措施,今年4月,市長Walsh宣布從波士頓基金會(TBF)批出 $ 25,000,從事防止非法流動和非法使用槍支。


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