VA executive who exchanged offensive messages earns $100K+

12:58 pm Aug. 15, 2017

The VA executive who exchanged unprofessional and offensive instant messages with another VA employee earned $96,586 last year, according to the latest federal salary data available.

But that was before Angel Lawrence was elevated last fall to the top job at the national Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta. Past directors of the center were at a GS-15 pay grade that pays between $125,132 to $161,900, according the 2017 federal scale

Elderly may be blocked from suing nursing homes for neglect, abuse

6:45 am Aug. 9, 2017

The Roswell woman’s plea was hand-written. Please, she wrote to federal officials, ban mandatory binding arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts.

The woman wrote that she wanted to file a lawsuit after her husband died in January in a skilled nursing facility. “He died from sepsis caused by a bedsore that was discovered too late and then improperly managed,” her letter says.

But an attorney she consulted told her she couldn’t have

$2.4 million settlement ends Atlanta hospice lawsuit

2:50 pm Jul. 6, 2017

Another hospice serving Georgia patients has agreed to a multi-million-dollar settlement as a result of a lawsuit filed by whistleblowers.

In the latest case, Compassionate Care Hospice Group agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve allegations that its subsidiary, Compassionate Care of Atlanta, paid kickbacks to five physicians to get them to refer patients and certify them as eligible for hospice services. The company then billed Medicare and Medicaid for