Video released of Kenosha officer attacking ER doctor

From WISN:

Newly released video shows a Kenosha police officer attacking an emergency room doctor in January.

In the video, Officer Kendal West is seen arriving at Kenosha’s Medical Center in his squad car and in uniform.

He punches the doctor several times. According to police, West was mad because the doctor was seeing West’s wife.

Prosecutors just offered West a plea deal. He will avoid jail time and will pay several hundred dollars in fines.

One alderman is not happy about the deal, saying West is “getting a slap on the wrist.”


Another Circle Of Hell: Surviving Opioids In The Fentanyl Era

From Kaiser News:

There’s a clear culprit in the rising drug overdose death count in Massachusetts — the synthetic opioid fentanyl. More powerful and more deadly than heroin, fentanyl has sparked a new set of survival rules among people who abuse opioids.

About 75 percent of the state’s men and women who died after an unintentional overdose last year had fentanyl in their system, up from 57 percent in 2015. It’s a pattern cities and towns are seeing across the state and country, particularly in New England and some Rust Belt states.

Fentanyl may be especially lethal because it’s strong, it’s mixed with other drugs in varying amounts unknown to the user, and it can trigger an overdose within seconds. “It happens so fast, like instantly, as soon as you do the shot,” said Allyson, a 37-year-old woman who started using heroin in her late teens.

“In the past, [an overdose] was something that you saw happening, like, you could see the person start to slow down, their color would start to turn blue, and then they would go out, within 10 minutes or so,” Allyson said. With fentanyl, there’s no progression, no time to seek help. “Now it’s instant,” she said.

Medical practice manager goes to prison for billing, tax fraud

From Fierce Healthcare:

An Oregon man who was practice manager at his father’s eye clinic was sentenced to jail this week for falsely billing insurers and tax fraud.

Anthony C. Neal, 41, was sentenced by an Oregon District Court judge to one year and one day in federal prison, followed by three years of probation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon. He pleaded guilty last year to engaging in a seven-year healthcare fraud scheme and conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

In his sentencing this week, he was ordered to pay over $1.7 million to Medicare, Care Oregon and several private health insurance companies and $817,378 to the IRS.

Aetna to Stop Selling Individual Health Plans in Iowa

From US News:

Aetna said Thursday that it will stop selling individual health insurance policies in Iowa, just days after Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield made a similar announcement.

Tens of thousands of Iowa residents who aren’t insured through an employer or the government are currently covered by the individual policies Aetna will stop selling, the Des Moines Register reported ( ).

Like Wellmark, Aetna cited instability in the insurance market. Aetna had already had stopped selling such policies in most states for 2017, citing turmoil surrounding the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.”