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New Mexico health care provider settles in fraud case

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – One of New Mexico’s major health care providers has settled a secret court case that stemmed from allegations the company cheated the state’s Medicaid program out of $300 million.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports former Lovelace Inc. senior executive Duke Rodriguez claims the company collected state gross receipts taxes from Medicaid for services provided to program recipients, even though Lovelace was exempt from paying gross receipts taxes to the state, meaning it pocketed the tax money from Medicaid.

The Attorney General’s Office wrote to Lovelace, its parent company, Ardent Health Services, and former Lovelace parent Cigna. The letters said the companies had fraudulently collected at least $142.6 million in gross receipts taxes.

The Attorney General’s Office settled with the companies for less than the amount alleged.


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Helmet Face Mask Changes Help Paramedics Treat Student Athletes Faster

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Changes to football helmet face masks are helping first responders with how quickly they can help an injured student athlete on the field.

West Metro Fire Rescue crews teamed up with St. Anthony’s Hospital to practice treating head and spinal injuries. This time of year students are heading back to school and players are hitting the field for practice.

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The emergency responders also learned about changes to helmets that will help them react quickly in an emergency. The face masks can be easily detached.

“Previously, we’d almost need to use bolt cutters to try and take face masks off. This is the least impactful for the patient, probably not nearly as scary. We’re able to quickly assess the airway, assess for neurological damage and get the patient where they need to go,” said West Metro Fire spokesman Mike Binney.

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Athletic trainers from Jeffco Schools also participated in the training.