Rutledge Part of $28.8 Million EmCare SettlementTue, Apr 17, 2018
State to receive nearly $20,000
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will receive thousands of dollars from Emergency Medical Services Corporation, EmCare, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates as part of a settlement following an action brought by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
The settlement reached between the United States, sixteen states including Arkansas and the company resolves allegations that EmCare conspired with Health Management Associates (HMA) hospitals to submit claims to the Medicaid program for medically unnecessary inpatient procedures and allegations that EmCare received illegal payments from HMA in exchange for emergency room doctors recommending that Medicaid patients be unnecessarily admitted to facilities.
“The State of Arkansas will not tolerate irresponsible actions by companies that hurt Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Consumers should be able to trust that doctors and medical facilities put patients’ best interests first. Unnecessary procedures and hospital stays not only cause financial hardships for patients, but also take advantage of the Medicaid program – a very important safety net for many Arkansans.”
Arkansas will receive $19,891.98 from the $28.8 million settlement, which resolves allegations that EmCare violated federal and state False Claims Acts. EmCare is a corporation that contracts to provide qualified physicians and related medical professionals to staff emergency departments and provide inpatient hospitalist services to hospitals throughout the United States.
A team from the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Unites participated in the settlement negotiations on behalf of the states and included attorneys general from Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington.
Rutledge Files Amended Notice of Appeal in Medical Marijuana CaseFri, Apr 13, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has filed an amended notice of appeal with the Arkansas Supreme Court challenging Judge Wendell Griffen’s decisions on medical marijuana cultivation permits. Today’s notice of appeal asks the Court to not only review Judge Griffen’s rulings that declared the process of scoring and awarding the permits unlawful, but to also examine an order issued earlier this week saying his decision can’t be appealed.
“Today I filed an amended notice of appeal with the Arkansas Supreme Court on behalf of the State,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This case will have serious and lasting consequences for Arkansans and I firmly believe that Judge Griffen’s decision must be reviewed, a belief clearly shared by the three companies who have already filed notices of appeal.”
Rutledge Declares Crime Victims’ Rights Week in ArkansasThu, Apr 12, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today proclaimed April 8-14 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Arkansas. Rutledge spoke at the Arkansas Recognition and Victim Rights Ceremony at Heifer Village to victims and families, advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors.
“Far too many Arkansans are left with the very real and lasting ramifications of crime,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Proclaiming this week as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Arkansas is just one small way I can honor Arkansans who deal with these tragedies on a daily basis. Whether it’s the advocates who provide safety and comfort, supportive friends and families or the victims themselves, we must honor the courage and bravery of these individuals.”
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Two Northeast Arkansas Men for Crimes Involving ChildrenWed, Apr 11, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of two northeast Arkansas men on unrelated charges for crimes involving children.
Brik Waggoner, 68, of Black Rock was arrested by the Attorney General’s office Cyber Crimes Unit on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. He is currently being held on bond at the Lawrence County Detention Facility.
James Hix, 61, of Mount Pleasant was arrested by the Attorney General’s office Cyber Crimes Unit on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. He is being held on $100,000 bond at the Izard County Detention Facility.
Special agents in the Attorney General’s office seized multiple electronic devices from both residences. The cases are being turned over to Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce and Sixteenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Two Central ArkansasTue, Apr 10, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrests of two central Arkansas women on unrelated fraud charges.
Deborah Tyler, 60, of Jacksonville, turned herself into the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and has been released. She is charged with three counts of Medicaid fraud, Class A misdemeanors. She is accused of billing for services not rendered to three separate patients at a long term care facility in Little Rock. This case was referred to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit by the Office of Long Term Care.
Nancy Evans, 57, of Ward, also turned herself into the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and has been released. She is charged with one count of drug fraud, a Class D felony. She is accused of stealing medications intended to be disposed of at the Arkansas Department of Health. Evans was responsible for delivering expired and unused narcotics from a Little Rock nursing and rehabilitation center to a disposal facility. The medications include pills, morphine and fentanyl patches.
Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutledge Hosts NEA Law Enforcement TrainingMon, Apr 9, 2018
More than 100 officers attend
POCAHONTAS – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted, for the first time in the history of the office, a law enforcement training event in northeast Arkansas. The free training and educational opportunity for the law enforcement community, including police, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel was attended by over 100 officers and held in Pocahontas.
“Today’s event in Pocahontas provided an important experience for law enforcement officers in northeast Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The men and women of Arkansas’s law enforcement community work each day to overcome obstacles and keep Arkansans safe. I look forward to expanding these types of training opportunities and events outside of Little Rock.”
Today’s participants heard from Drug Enforcement Administration Little Rock District Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Justin King, Exodus Project Recovery Coordinator Jimmy McGill, Kim Arnold with the Arkansas Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dianne Skaggs with the Mental Health Council of Arkansas and Rickey Phillips with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. And from the Attorney General’s office, participants heard from Deputy Attorney General Will Jones, Senior Assistant Attorneys General Shawn Johnson and Holly Johnson, Nurse Investigator Vicki Jones and Special Agents Dane Pedersen and Michael Thatch.
Last year, Rutledge announced a new initiative to offer training outside of central Arkansas after the overwhelming success of the annual Law Enforcement Summit. Last year’s training was held in northwest Arkansas allowing officers to have easier access to the training.