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  • Bill limits who can be sued at nursing homes

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House on Wednesday agreed to limit who can be named as defendants in lawsuits against nursing homes in a bill that now goes to Gov. Rick Scott. The measure prohibits "passive investors," those not involved in the direct decision-making of a...

  • Bill mandates life support for pregnant women

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman alive until the birth of her child, no matter her family's wishes. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed the...

  • Hepatitis C victim in dental scare writes of fears

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa-area man whose hepatitis C diagnosis led Oklahoma to close two dental clinics and suggest AIDS testing for 7,000 patients last year says his illness has left him depressed, embarrassed and worried about his future. The patient — identified as "G. Rains"...

  • Walker OKs expanding doctor notification law

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin state law covering information doctors are required to tell patients will be expanded under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law. The Legislature last year changed the law to no longer require doctors to give patients as much information...

  • Feds: home health company paying $150M settlement

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home health company, will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it inflated Medicare billings and had improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday. Amedisys and...

  • Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic...

  • Miss. governor signs mid-pregnancy abortion ban

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to ban abortion at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it's designed to protect women's health, while abortion-rights advocates say it's unconstitutional. Bryant signed House Bill 1400 on...

  • La. company settles Medicare fraud allegations

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Louisiana-based home healthcare company will pay $150 million to settle allegations that it submitted false bills to the federal Medicare program. Federal prosecutors in Birmingham said Wednesday that the settlement was in response to allegations that...

  • Texas quarantine expanded for citrus disease

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The vast majority of Texas' commercial citrus groves now reside in expanded quarantine areas aimed at slowing the spread of a disease decimating citrus around the world. The state Department of Agriculture expanded the citrus greening quarantine areas in South...

  • Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

    Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. In a statement posted on its website, the organization said more than 240 cases of the virus have been recorded in Guinea and Liberia. Most of those cases are...

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