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Archive for April, 2011

State issues online guide to appealing health claim denials

by April 29th, 2011

SUMMARY: The Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner has published an online consumer guide to appealing denied health insurance claims. It includes sections on how to correctly launch your appeal, traits of successful and unsuccessful appeals, a detailed summary of consumer best practices in appealing denied health care claims, and a templated work sheet for tracking calls, e-mails and step-by-step results.

Sound Transit to pay penalty to state disclosure commission

by April 28th, 2011

SUMMARY: Sound Transit has agreed to a pay a $15,000 civil penalty – with half the amount conditionally suspended – for violating state law requiring timely filing of lobbying expenses. The penalty stems from 21 quarterly reports from Sound Transit to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) that were late by as little as 52 days and as much as more than four years. They covered more than $500,000 in contract lobbying expenses that had already been disclosed by vendors, but also included almost $150,000 in employee lobbying and more than $16,000 in related expenses, that had not been previously reported within legal deadlines. Sound Transit says it will ensure no such future oversights occur. The PDC is expected to approve the enforcement agreement at its meeting today.

State: Patient abandoned by home nursing aide, found on floor

by April 27th, 2011

SUMMARY: The Washington state Department of Health last week announced it had filed charges of unprofessional conduct against registered nursing assistant Janice. N. Lorenzana, who allegedly abandoned an elderly patient for whom she was supposed to be caring in his King County home. He was found by his grandchildren on the floor with his briefs soiled by urine and feces and no one else in the house, although Lorenzana had indicated via cell phone clock-in and clock-out to her employer Fedelta Care Solutions, of Seattle, that she was on duty at that time. The state filing says she admitted she left early due to a family emergency, and alleges she got no one to cover her shift. Lorenzana’s license expired several months after the alleged incident in June 2010. The health department reports she did not respond to the recent charges within the required 20 days. The case now moves to the settlement phase, which would include whether, when, and under what conditions her nursing assistant license would be renewed.

Federal Way hospital nurse charged with rape of patient

by April 26th, 2011

SUMMARY: A registered nurse working in the emergency department at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash. has had his license suspended and has been charged in King County Superior Court with second-degree rape of a patient seeking treatment for severe back pain. The alleged incident occurred when he performed an unauthorized pelvic examination.

Printing reforms could save Washington state up to $13.6 million per year

by April 25th, 2011

SUMMARY: According to a newly-released state performance audit, Washington could save between $5 million and $13.6 million per year by eliminating duplication in printing operations, controlling costs of printing equipment and supplies, using electronic technologies – more often than now – in place of paper printing, and by clearing obstacles that constrain competitive bidding including private firms.

Mercer Island Urged To Re-Name Community Center

by April 25th, 2011

SUMMARY: The Mercer Island City Council tonight will consider a proposal to change the name of the city’s Community Center at Mercer View to the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. A consultant hired by the city recommends the change, to make more clear to non-local potential renters the facility’s location and its availability for events such as weddings and bar mitzvahs. These play a large role in subsidizing low rental rates of the center for local residents.