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    Wichita woman ordered to repay $5,000 for Medicaid fraud

    WICHITA – (May 2, 2016) – A Wichita woman was ordered last week to repay more than $5,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

    Demetrious Keeler, 35, pleaded guilty in March in Sedgwick County District Court to one count of unlawful acts concerning computers. Judge Dave Dahl ordered Keeler to repay $5,140.89 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Judge Dahl also sentenced Keeler to 18 months probation. Convictions such as this one may also result in a period during which the defendant is prohibited from being paid wages through a government health care program.

    An investigation revealed that Keeler billed Medicaid for multiple individuals at the same time and also during times when the clients were hospitalized. There were approximately 500 conflicting hours of services identified which the defendant could not have provided as billed. The crime occurred between January 2012 and July 2013.

    Assistant Attorney General Stefani Hepford of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case against Keeler.

     

    Mon, 02 May 2016 20:16:23 Z

  • Kansas Bar Association News

    Richard Ross to Retire as the Kansas Supreme Court's Official Reporter

     Richard Ross, the Supreme Court's official reporter since 1978, is retiring in June, 2016.

    TOPEKA — After more than 40 years with the Kansas judicial branch, Richard Ross will hang up his editing pencil June 3 and retire from his job as the Supreme Court's official reporter, a position he has had since the court was still located in the Statehouse.

    Ross says what he will miss most are the people.

    "The judicial branch has been a great place to work," he said. "Everyone is professional and works hard. It's also a very friendly environment."

    Ross was hired as second assistant to the official reporter in 1975, right after he graduated law school. Eighteen months later, in January 1978, he was named the official reporter by then Chief Justice Harold Fatzer. 

    At just 28 years old, Ross is pretty sure he was the youngest reporter ever appointed, although he said he hasn't done the research to prove it. However, when he answered the call from the reporter of decisions for the U.S. Supreme Court to help develop a professional organization for reporters, he said, "I was easily the youngest person in the room." He is the last charter member to still belong to the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions. 

    When he published his first Kansas Reports, a bound volume of Supreme Court decisions, he dedicated it to his predecessor, William A. Dumars, to recognize him for publishing 60 volumes — 163 through 222 — which Ross deemed "a record accomplishment, since no previous Supreme Court Reporter published more than 36 volumes." 

    When Ross retires June 3, he will have published 81 volumes of the Kansas Reports and started volume 82. Volumes bearing Ross' name number 223 through 303. He can also take credit for 51 volumes of Kansas Court of Appeals Reports, numbered 2 through 52. 

    Mon, 2 May 2016 20:28:45 GMT

  • Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services News

    Board of EMS Teleconference May 3rd, 2016

    The Kansas Board of EMS will have a teleconference meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd at 12:00 PM. The Agenda can be found here: May 3rd Teleconference

    Mon, 02 May 2016 13:52:42 +0000

  • Kansas Department of Commerce News Flash

    Kansas ranked highly in 2015 Governor’s Cup

    Site Selection magazine named Kansas in the Top Five of the Governor's Cup in the region and the nation.

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:25:16 -0600

  • Kansas Department of Corrections News

    Women's Correctional Facility to Host Annual Plant Sale

    Topeka Correctional Facility (TCF) will hold its annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, May 9, through Saturday, May 14, on the grounds of the correctional facility located at 815 S.E. Rice Rd., Topeka. Proceeds from the sale benefit TCF inmate self-help groups such as Pooches and Pals, the Running Free Running Club, the African American Culture Group and Reaching Out From Within.

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment News

    Dr. Susan Mosier: Step therapy is an established medication management tool

    Your April 24 editorial leaves readers with the erroneous impression that Kansas is singling out Medicaid recipients to put restrictions on the way their doctors can prescribe medications. This is not the case.

    Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:43:39 -0500

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