Providers Indicted in Certification Scam

first_imgThe cot stuck out of the voting booth while Gorby fulfilled his civic responsibility, but his vote still counted. Get Him to the Polls on Time Wissinoming (Pa.) Volunteer Ambulance Operations Manager Mike Fasone says it’s not unheard of for patients being transported to ask to make a stop along the way. “We get a lot of requests for fast food,” he says. These are primarily from people who don’t get out of their homes much. The other four people involved–two paramedics and two EMTs–were employed by private ambulance companies in the Boston suburbs and by the Boston Fire Department. They reportedly collected names of colleagues for the rosters the instructor submitted. Fraudulent BehaviorIn November 2010, five EMS providers were indicted in Massachusetts for falsifying their recertification training records. Johnson says that once another ambulance arrived and they’d transferred care, all that was left to do was put on bunker gear and put out the fire in his own ambulance. Johnson says the lights and sirens came on, but the siren soon succumbed to the heat of the fire and wound down to silence. They moved the stretcher about 50 yards away, shielding it from the burning ambulance. “The patient was as cool as a cucumber,” says Johnson. We applaud the Wissinoming Volunteer Ambulance crew for their extra special customer service, helping a patient cast his vote and keep his patriotic record intact. In the first week of November, EMT Anthony Maresca made such a run. Maresca was one of the crew members who picked up Charles Gorby, MD, 83, from Lankenau Hospital near Philadelphia. Gorby was headed home when he asked about making a slight detour. The detour was “just a few minutes out of the way,” says Maresca.With chronic health issues, Gorby is no stranger to the ambulance company, so the crew was happy to oblige. It seems the retired physician hadn’t missed voting in an election since he turned 21, and it was Nov. 2–Election Day. Fortunately, his polling place was a fire station, so there was plenty of room to wheel in the ambulance cot after clearing it with election officials. “We allege that the conduct of these individuals severely undermined the state’s EMT certification process,” Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says. “These acts posed a risk to public safety and public health, and our office is continuing our probe into this matter.” We give Johnson and Dahms a thumbs up for their quick, reasoned reactions that helped avert a potential catastrophe. A New Hampshire paramedic who worked for a Massachusetts ambulance service was named as the “central operator.” Between 2006 and 2009, he was approved by the state Office of Emergency Medical Services to teach more than a dozen training sessions. Next, Johnson pulled the monitor, IV pump, oxygen, pediatrics kit, trauma kit and narcotics out of the ambulance and then secured the narcotics in a police vehicle on scene. This article originally appeared in January 2011 JEMS as “Last Word: The Ups and Downs of EMS.” Johnson and his partner, Cory Dahms, were transporting a stable patient who was “in the middle of a myocardial infarction” to a higher level of care hospital when they noticed smoke entering the cab of their ambulance. Dahms pulled off the road. Johnson says, “We de-boarded rapidly.” When Johnson saw flames under the cab, “the sense of urgency increased,” he says. An Exciting RideYou don’t always need lights and sirens to have an exciting trip in an ambulance. If you don’t believe us, next time you’re in Jacksonville, Texas, ask paramedic/firefighter Madison Johnson about that fiery patient transfer in October. We give a thumbs down to these providers for their attempts to cut certification corners. These fraudulent actions not only reflect poorly on the professionalism of EMS, but they also put future patients at risk. JEMS The allegation is that he conspired with four others to submit attendance rosters for sessions that were either incomplete or never occurred. According to the state attorney general’s office, more than 200 EMTs fraudulently qualified for recertification under the scheme.last_img read more

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India’s Greenest and Cleanest Village Defies the Norm

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Large crowds of visitors have been thronging to the village curious to find out why Mawlynnong has earned the reputation for being arguably the cleanest and greenest in India. The streets are cleaned several times each day, plastic is completely banned and all waste disposal is environmentally friendly. Spurring the cleanliness is local initiative from the residents, all of whom can read and write. Unlike many parts of India, each house has a toilet. (Continue reading w/photos at BBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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SRA ‘wrong to pursue costs via conduct rules’

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority was wrong to use professional conduct rules to pursue a former practitioner for costs, a tribunal has found. David Bellchamber had been ordered to pay fixed costs adding up to £850 in connection with a 2011 tribunal rebuke and subsequent unsuccessful appeal. He refused to pay, arguing the costs were excessive. In March the SRA took the matter to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, claiming Bellchamber had failed to comply with the costs issue in an ‘open, timely and co-operative manner’. However the SDT found that Bellchamber had been ‘entirely open’ in his refusal to pay. The tribunal found the SRA was no different to any other litigant acting as a claimant and should have issued civil proceedings to recover the sum. An SRA spokesperson said: ‘The cost of delivering sanctions should be borne by those individuals who are disciplined. We are considering the next appropriate steps to recover the profession’s money in light of the SDT’s decision.’last_img read more

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NYCJ Concerned About Privatization Of HEART/NTA

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional NYCJ Concerned About Privatization Of HEART/NTA by: – September 19, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img 43 Views   no discussions Tweet Chairman of the National Youth Council of Jamaica, Ryan SmallKINGTON, September 19, 2012: The National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYC) is expressing strong opposition at an alleged move for the privatization of the Human Employment and Resource Training Agency (HEART Trust/NTA), the country’s national training agency. A CAUSE FOR CONCERN“Under the previous administration, for the latter part of 3 years, there was a 51 cent reduction in the number of persons certified by the HEART Trust/ NTA, translating to over 36,000 Jamaicans who no longer have an opportunity to upgrade themselves” Mr. Small, Youth Council President said in a statement. He further added that there has been a 22 per cent reduction in the number of participants enrolled at HEART Trust NTA in the same period.Mr. Small attributed these declines to the then Government’s decision to shut down 45 community-based facilities offering HEART NTA certification and reduction in budgetary allocation. He further noted that it was extremely disappointing to know that for the 2009/2010 financial year, J$100million was taken from the Heart Trust NTA fund and 2010/2011 financial year, J$374 million was also taken same fund. On the other hand, increasingly more and more young people are experiencing severe difficulties given their socio-economic circumstances source funds to pay for the HEART Two certification that is being requested by prospective employers when individuals with HEART Certification apply to their organization. Consequently, the effect resulting from the alleged privatization of the HEART Trust institution will see a drastic reduction in enrollment rate and more at-risk and unattached unskilled youth will unable to access skills training and certification, due to their inability to afford such programme, thus would be a step in the wrong direction, considering the alarming statistics of the number of youth who are both perpetrators and victims of their own crimes as result of change of focus policy makers.Against that background, the Youth Council is calling on the HEART Trust NTA, Ministry of Education and by extension the Government to articulate their position and plans for the HEART Trust National Training Agency. This is a clear indication of the need for urgent reform of the country’s national training agency. The Youth Council has written to the HEART Trust NTA following allegation by a highly placed source at HEART Trust of the impending privatization plan by the institution and is yet to receive written response. In the same breathe, it must be noted that efforts to contact HEART Trust via phone to in obtaining clarification have been unsuccessful as staff personnel at the institution declined to comment on the matter. NEED FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT POLICY In closing Mr. Small is urging the government to establish and implement a Skills Development Policy and an accompanying Workforce Development Plan. He maintained that the need for such approach is supported by data released by the Jamaica Productivity centre indicating that productivity in Jamaica has been declining at a rate of 1.4% per year for the last 35 years and by 3.4% per year in more recent years.He maintained that more resources and focus must be place on skill training that will allow our young people to be more marketable and competitive to halt the productively decline and reverse this trend. Press releaselast_img read more

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Men’s Basketball Eyes 5-0 Start Tonight at Spring Hill

first_imgLIVE VIDEOLIVE STATS CONFERENCE’S BEST          ­In three of UWF’s first four games, Jason Laatsch has led UWF in scoring and scored a season-high 17 points last week against Spring Hill. As a sophomore in 2014-15, Laatsch led the team in points in five games. Last year, Laatsch led the team in just one contest. Laatsch currently ranks 13th in the GSC with 14.3 points per game, 13th in three-point field goal percentage (40.9%) and 10th in three-point field goals made per game (2.3). As one of 34 remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division II, UWF has received votes in the National Basketball Coaches Association poll and currently rank ninth in the South Region according to the D2SIDA poll. UWF currently has the 30th most votes in the national NBCA poll. LAST TIME OUT AGAINST SPRING HILL UWF ranks at the top of the Gulf South Conference in numerous statistical categories, and is one of just three teams left in the league that is still undefeated. West Florida ranks first in the GSC and 12th in the nation with 15.5 offensive rebounds per game. UWF is first in the league and ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing opponents to just 61.8 points per game. West Florida is second in the GSC and ninth in the nation in three-point defense, allowing opponents to just a 25.3% success rate from beyond the arc. UWF’s 3.8 turnover margin is the best mark in the conference. At 18.5 turnovers per game, UWF leads the conference and has the 27th highest average in Division II. With 3.75 offensive rebounds per game, Austin Somerfield stands second in the conference and 31st in DII. EMERGING LEADER NATIONAL RECOGNITION  Print Friendly Version MOBILE, Ala. –  With a 4-0 start, the University of West Florida men’s basketball team will eye its second 5-0 start since the team started 9-0 in the 1997-98 season tonight at Spring Hill. The Argos and a struggling 0-8 Badgers squad begin play at 7:00 p.m. UWF used a 54.6% field goal percentage in the second half to distance themselves from the Badgers in a 74-56 win over Spring Hill on Nov. 22. Jason Laatsch led the team with 17 points, while Austin Somerfield, Deangleo Legrier and Darryl Tucker were also all in double figures with point totals of 15,10 and 11, respectively. UWF is now 9-3 all-time against the Badgers, and extended its win streak when playing the Badgers to five with last week’s win.For information on all UWF athletics, visit GoArgos.com 31% of UWF’s point total this year have come from new additions to the team, led by Darryl Tucker who is averaging 8.3 points per game. 39% of UWF’s rebound total have come from newcomers as well, which is also led by Tucker who is averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. UWF’s newcomers, consisting of Herni Ventoniemi, Tucker, Moter Deng, DJ Thorpe and Marvin Jones, have combined to shoot 42.9% (36-84) this season. IMPACT ADDITIONSlast_img read more

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Jonathan Wallace taking practice snaps at QB

first_imgJonathan Wallace, who started the final four games of the 2012 season, is taking practice snaps as Auburn's third-team quarterback.Jonathan Wallace, who started the final four games of the 2012 season, is taking practice snaps as Auburn’s third-team quarterback.AUBURN — Jonathan Wallace appears to be back to taking snaps at both wide receiver and quarterback.Auburn coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Saturday Wallace was taking occasional practice snaps at quarterback. The comments of the Tigers third-year head coach could be interpreted as he was describing a contingency basis if an injury were to occur to projected starter Jeremy Johnson and backup Sean White.“(Wallace) is a guy that has played in game situations that does understand this offense,” Malzahn said. “This time of year sometimes you got to be thinking in the season, the what-ifs. What if this happens? What if that happens?Wallace met with the media for the first and only time on Aug. 12 and the senior made no mention of taking snaps at his former position. Wallace has spent the spring and preseason camp trying to win a contributing slot wide receiver spot on the first or second-team unit.“I’ve transitioned this past spring and now it is just a matter of going out and executing every day, showing the coaches they can trust me,” Wallace said. “It’s a trust deal. Coach Malzahn has set the tone for that. They have to count on us to execute out there, give great effort. If we can’t get that done, we can’t play. That’s the bottom line. That’s where that stands. I’m getting there.”Wallace has played sparingly in 21 games at quarterback in his three seasons in a backup role. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound athlete from Phenix City has accounted 962 yards of total offense in his previous three seasons but hasn’t attempted more than one pass in a game in either of the last two seasons. Walace started the final four games of his true freshman season, winning two of those contests but was shown to be ineffective in losses to Georgia and Alabama where the combined score was 87-0.“It’s just kind of like that security blanket,” Malzahn said. “He’s responded well. He’s a senior. He can do both without it taking away, so we’re starting to give him some snaps.”last_img read more

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