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Two home health care firms settle AG’s fraud claims for $10M

Two home health care firms settle AG's fraud claims for $10M By Jessica Bartlett | Boston Business Journal | April 30, 2019 Two home health companies will pay over $10 million in settlements to resolve allegations that they improperly billed the state’s Medicaid program. According to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Amigos Homecare LLC of Lawrence will pay $2.13 million, and Avenue Homecare Services Inc. [...]

May 1st, 2019|

AG Healey: 5 nursing homes placed in receivership

AG Healey: 5 nursing homes placed in receivership By Jennette Barnes | April 29, 2019 NEW BEDFORD — Five area nursing homes have been placed in receivership after bounced paychecks and unpaid bills put residents in danger, The Standard-Times has learned. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office successfully petitioned a Suffolk Superior Court judge for receivership on Monday, saying more than 200 residents could be [...]

April 29th, 2019|

Appeals court rejects challenge to Massachusetts assault weapons ban

BY: Danny McDonald | Globe Staff | April 26, 2019 A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to the assault weapons ban in Massachusetts, in what Attorney General Maura Healey called a “defeat for the gun lobby.” The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, on Friday affirmed a federal judge’s ruling that last year dismissed the lawsuit, which was filed by gun advocates and a group of gun [...]

April 26th, 2019|

Attorney General Maura Healey rips federal indictment of Newton judge

Attorney General Maura Healey rips federal indictment of Newton judge By Travis Andersen, Matt Stout and John R. Ellement | Globe Staff | April 25, 2019 Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday blasted the federal indictment of a state district court judge on obstruction charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant defendant evade a federal immigration officer last year in Newton District Court. “Today’s indictment [...]

April 25th, 2019|

7 Mass. Nursing Homes Penalized For ‘Systemic Failures’ That Led To Injury, Deaths

7 Mass. Nursing Homes Penalized For ‘Systemic Failures’ That Led To Injury, Deaths BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state has reached settlements with seven nursing homes after an investigation found “systemic failures” at the facilities that led to the death or injury of some residents. About $500,000 in penalties were announced during a news conference Wednesday in Boston. The seven [...]

March 13th, 2019|

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers By Matt Stout | Globe Staff |  March 08, 2019 The Department of Public Utilities had ordered all utility companies in June to reduce their rates going forward in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that cut the federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to [...]

March 8th, 2019|

AG Healey joins brief to protect asylum seekers

AG Healey joins brief to protect asylum seekers BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey today joined 19 attorneys general in filing a brief challenging the Trump Administration’s “turnback policy,” which has effectively halted the asylum process at the southern border for thousands of people waiting to present their claims. In the amicus brief, filed in Al Otro Lado v. Nielsen, the attorneys general argue to the federal court [...]

February 21st, 2019|

AG: Newton doctor to pay $680k in restitution

AG: Newton doctor to pay $680k in restitution A Newton physician will pay $680,000 in restitution and penalties and has agreed to be subject to a comprehensive compliance program to resolve allegations that his office routinely overbilled the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) for services at nursing homes, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday in a press release. Hooshang Poor, a geriatric physician from Newton, has [...]

February 21st, 2019|

Project HERE app wins Parents’ Choice Award

Project HERE app wins Parents' Choice Award The innovative new Project HERE app rolled out by the AG's Office and the GE Foundation in the fall of 2018 was recently awarded a Parents' Choice Award Gold Medal. Check out the organization's full review below and learn more about Project HERE on the program website. Review: Originally designed to support a Massachusetts initiative to use healthy [...]

February 14th, 2019|

Maura discusses Purdue Pharma case on CBS This Morning

Maura discusses Purdue Pharma case on CBS This Morning (CBS News) — Only on “CBS This Morning,” we’re hearing from the Massachusetts attorney general, who blames the founding family of a pharmaceutical company for helping create the opioid drug crisis. Almost 400,000 people died from opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2017, according to the CDC. In a lawsuit, the state targets Purdue Pharma and eight members of the [...]

January 24th, 2019|

LATEST NEWS

Two home health care firms settle AG’s fraud claims for $10M

Two home health care firms settle AG's fraud claims for $10M By Jessica Bartlett | Boston Business Journal | April 30, 2019 Two home health companies will pay over $10 million in settlements to resolve allegations that they improperly billed the state’s Medicaid program. According to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Amigos Homecare LLC of Lawrence will pay $2.13 million, and Avenue Homecare Services Inc. in Dracut will pay $8.3 million. The AG's office said both companies submitted claims to MassHealth for home health care services that hadn’t been properly authorized by a physician. “These companies defrauded the state and diverted vital resources from elderly and disabled patients,” Healey said in a release. “Home health care companies must provide services that are [...]

May 1st, 2019|

AG Healey: 5 nursing homes placed in receivership

AG Healey: 5 nursing homes placed in receivership By Jennette Barnes | April 29, 2019 NEW BEDFORD — Five area nursing homes have been placed in receivership after bounced paychecks and unpaid bills put residents in danger, The Standard-Times has learned. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office successfully petitioned a Suffolk Superior Court judge for receivership on Monday, saying more than 200 residents could be at risk of injury or death. The facilities lack critical supplies, and they could soon reach dangerously low staffing levels, Healey’s office told the court. The nursing homes are Bedford Gardens, Bedford Village and Rockdale Care, all in New Bedford; Dighton Care in Dighton; and Highland Manor in Fall River. The petition provided new details about the [...]

April 29th, 2019|

Appeals court rejects challenge to Massachusetts assault weapons ban

BY: Danny McDonald | Globe Staff | April 26, 2019 A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to the assault weapons ban in Massachusetts, in what Attorney General Maura Healey called a “defeat for the gun lobby.” The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, on Friday affirmed a federal judge’s ruling that last year dismissed the lawsuit, which was filed by gun advocates and a group of gun retailers. “This case concerns an issue of paramount importance,” read Friday’s ruling. “In the wake of increasingly frequent acts of mass violence committed with semiautomatic assault weapons and [large-capacity magazines], the interests of state and local governments in regulating the possession and use of such weapons are entitled to great weight.” Attempts to reach the Gun Owners’ [...]

April 26th, 2019|

Attorney General Maura Healey rips federal indictment of Newton judge

Attorney General Maura Healey rips federal indictment of Newton judge By Travis Andersen, Matt Stout and John R. Ellement | Globe Staff | April 25, 2019 Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday blasted the federal indictment of a state district court judge on obstruction charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant defendant evade a federal immigration officer last year in Newton District Court. “Today’s indictment is a radical and politically-motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts,” Healey said in a statement. “It is a bedrock principle of our constitutional system that federal prosecutors should not recklessly interfere with the operation of state courts and their administration of justice. This matter could have been appropriately handled by the Commission [...]

April 25th, 2019|

7 Mass. Nursing Homes Penalized For ‘Systemic Failures’ That Led To Injury, Deaths

7 Mass. Nursing Homes Penalized For ‘Systemic Failures’ That Led To Injury, Deaths BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state has reached settlements with seven nursing homes after an investigation found “systemic failures” at the facilities that led to the death or injury of some residents. About $500,000 in penalties were announced during a news conference Wednesday in Boston. The seven facilities will now be enrolled in strict compliance programs and must undergo safety and quality of care improvements. Settlements were reached with: Oxford Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Haverhill: $180,000 fine Wakefield Center in Wakefield: $30,000 fine The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Everett: $40,000 fine Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westboro: $37,500 fine Jewish [...]

March 13th, 2019|

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers

Attorney general urges state regulators to order utilities to issue refunds to ratepayers By Matt Stout | Globe Staff |  March 08, 2019 The Department of Public Utilities had ordered all utility companies in June to reduce their rates going forward in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that cut the federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent starting January 2018. But it stopped short of requiring them to refund customers for any savings they realized for the first half of the year, when the companies’ utility rates were based on the former — higher — tax rate. By lowering the rates starting in July, DPU decided, ratepayers would still receive “prompt and [...]

March 8th, 2019|

AG Healey joins brief to protect asylum seekers

AG Healey joins brief to protect asylum seekers BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey today joined 19 attorneys general in filing a brief challenging the Trump Administration’s “turnback policy,” which has effectively halted the asylum process at the southern border for thousands of people waiting to present their claims. In the amicus brief, filed in Al Otro Lado v. Nielsen, the attorneys general argue to the federal court in Southern California that the Administration’s turnback policy exacerbates inhumane conditions at the border and causes severe harm to asylum-seekers who are turned away at ports of entry. The attorneys general also argue that turning away asylum-seekers contradicts the United States’ treaty obligations and federal law, which require immigration officials to promptly give asylum-seekers a fair chance [...]

February 21st, 2019|

AG: Newton doctor to pay $680k in restitution

AG: Newton doctor to pay $680k in restitution A Newton physician will pay $680,000 in restitution and penalties and has agreed to be subject to a comprehensive compliance program to resolve allegations that his office routinely overbilled the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) for services at nursing homes, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday in a press release. Hooshang Poor, a geriatric physician from Newton, has resolved allegations that from June 2011 through May 2017, he fraudulently billed MassHealth for non-emergency visits to nursing homes that exceed the limit of visits per month under MassHealth regulations, according to the DA. The settlement also resolves allegations that Dr. Poor submitted claims to MassHealth and Medicare that overstated the length, extent, and scope of services [...]

February 21st, 2019|

Project HERE app wins Parents’ Choice Award

Project HERE app wins Parents' Choice Award The innovative new Project HERE app rolled out by the AG's Office and the GE Foundation in the fall of 2018 was recently awarded a Parents' Choice Award Gold Medal. Check out the organization's full review below and learn more about Project HERE on the program website. Review: Originally designed to support a Massachusetts initiative to use healthy decision-making and social-emotional learning to prevent substance use, the Project Here Games website is dedicated to helping children in grades 6-8 learn about themselves and how to use their strengths to build additional and/or more advanced social emotional skills. Fittingly, the first activity is a personality quiz, the goal of which is to help users understand their [...]

February 14th, 2019|

Maura discusses Purdue Pharma case on CBS This Morning

Maura discusses Purdue Pharma case on CBS This Morning (CBS News) — Only on “CBS This Morning,” we’re hearing from the Massachusetts attorney general, who blames the founding family of a pharmaceutical company for helping create the opioid drug crisis. Almost 400,000 people died from opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2017, according to the CDC. In a lawsuit, the state targets Purdue Pharma and eight members of the Sackler family. It alleges they are “personally responsible” for deceptively selling OxyContin. Purdue Pharma called the accusations “a rush to vilify” the drugmaker. As CBS News’ Tony Dokoupil reports, there’s a lot in the lawsuit that’s still redacted. Lawyers for Purdue plan to argue on Friday that it should stay that way. The attorney general said this [...]

January 24th, 2019|