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1. Events -

Novel will host Curtis Wilkie and Thomas Oliphant for a discussion and signing of “The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign” Monday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit novelmemphis.com.

2. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016 -

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

3. Malone to Challenge Luttrell In August Mayoral Showdown -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

4. Malone Takes Early Vote In Mayoral Primary -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone took the early vote in the three-way Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

The first results of the Tuesday, May 6, election night showed Malone leading rivals county commissioner Steve Mulroy and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr.

5. Dueling Election Databases Make Tracking Difficult -

If ever the political axiom of needing a scorecard to keep up with the players applied to an election cycle, it would be the set of three elections in 2014 across Shelby County.

The middle election of the three – the August ballot of county general elections and state and federal primary elections – is expected to be one of the longest in the county’s political history, if not the longest.

6. Food Desert Oasis -

Most urban neighborhoods in Memphis don’t have access to a traditional grocery store that offers fresh and affordable food.

While these urban areas lack grocery stories, fast food restaurants and convenience stores are often plentiful.

7. Discrimination Found in Juvenile Court -

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, April 26, that juvenile offenders in Shelby County are denied due process rights and that black children are treated differently and more harshly than white children by the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, including the process used to transfer children who are to be tried as adults.

8. Juvenile Court Discrimination Found In Scathing DOJ Report -

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, April 26, that juvenile offenders in Shelby County are denied due process rights and that black children are treated differently and more harshly than white children by the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, including the process used to transfer children who are to be tried as adults.

9. Lease on Former Three Alarm Studio in Foreclosure Again -

The leasehold on a former Downtown Memphis fire station with a checkered 25-year history and a strategic location – 200 Linden Ave. – is facing foreclosure again.

10. S. Memphis Farmers Market Turns 1, Announces Facilities -

The South Memphis Farmers Market celebrated its one-year anniversary Thursday, July 14, at the market’s location on the northeast corner of Mississippi Boulevard and South Parkway. Over the past year, the market has served more than 7,500 customers and generated roughly $70,000 in sales for regional farmers.

11. Crye-Leike Honors Top Performers, Longevity -

Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. honored its brokers working in the residential and commercial sectors Tuesday at its annual awards gala.

12. Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ -

If art is about risk-taking, the joint production of Michael Ching’s opera a capella “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square and Delta Capella/RIVA risks about as much as one show possible can.

13. Cleaborn Homes Tops Council’s Agenda -

The first Memphis City Council meeting of 2011 features a light agenda.

Among the items is approval of a $3 million appropriation of federal funding for the redevelopment of the Cleaborn Homes public housing development.

14. Lumber Company Adds Pair of New Locales -

Lumber Liquidators has signed two new leases with developer Curtis Wegener.

The buildings are flex/industrial warehouses along the interstate, which is what Lumber Liquidators was looking for.

15. Auditor’s Mistake Gives Practice $4 Million Headache -

Government expansion of an auditing program for Medicare and Medicaid that rewards contractors for finding overpayments to physician practices is likely to cause more disputes like the one VRF Eye Specialty Group recently settled.

The practice got handed a $4 million bill after an audit by the contractor AdvanceMed. The practice challenged the audit and proved to an administrative law judge that AdvanceMed made a mistake interpreting medical coding.

The $4 million bill was reduced to $2,810.

It took a two-year legal battle that cost the practice about $350,000.

AdvanceMed did not receive any financial incentives for overpayments because it was working as a zone program integrity contractor. But more audit contractors will qualify for financial incentives with the expansion of another program, the recovery audit contractors program.

“This is medicine of the 21st century and it’s not going to get any better,” said Thomas G. Brown, the practice administrator for Eye Specialty Group.

President Barack Obama announced in March the expansion of payment recapture audits to crack down on fraud in Medicaid and Medicare. The program offers contractors “financial incentives to root out improper payments,” according to a White House press release.

But the American Medical Association characterizes recovery audit contractors as “a bounty hunter-like program” because of the incentives to identify overpayments.

The problems for Eye Specialty Group began in November 2006 when AdvanceMed auditors showed up at the practice to review records. In February 2008, AdvanceMed notified the practice that its audit determined the practice had been overpaid $3,966,500 by Medicare.

The dispute was settled last month.

Eye Specialty Group is not alone in having to fight a big demand letter as the result of an AdvanceMed audit. Premier Medical Group of Clarksville, Tenn., challenged a $1.6 million bill that resulted from an AdvanceMed audit and received a favorable ruling from an administrative law judge in May 2008.

In both instances, AdvanceMed reviewed about 120 charts over a certain length of time, then extrapolated the findings from those audits by the total volume of business with Medicaid and Medicare patients.

With Eye Specialty Group, the time frame was from Jan. 1, 2004, to May 31, 2006.

Eye Specialty Group was able to reduce its $4 million bill to $1.5 million through explanations during the first level of the review process. The practice started making payments on the $1.5 million and then appealed the findings of the AdvanceMed auditors to the administrative review judge.

“Our consultant and our attorneys had to explain to the administrative law judge that they are applying the wrong standards to these eye codes,” Brown said.

The billing dispute and any mistakes might have been avoided had there been better communication. In the 18-month period between the initial audit and the receipt of the demand letter, Eye Specialty Group did not hear from Advance Med, except for one phone call requesting one other piece of information, Brown said.

Curtis Watkins, program director for AdvanceMed Corp., declined to comment on the billing dispute and referred The Daily News to a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“The program safeguard contractor made the initial determination based on the information it had received from the provider,” said Peter Ashkenaz of CMS media affairs. “From what I understand, VRF provided additional documentation during the appeals process that informed the determinations of the various arbitrators and the administrative law judge, resulting in the final determination.”

Ashkenaz said it is the responsibility of the provider being audited to supply all the documents needed to support their claims.

“We and the program safeguard contractors make their determinations based on the documentation they receive from the providers,” Ashkenaz said.

Besides program safeguard contractors, the federal government has added recovery audit contractors and Medicaid integrity contractors into the mix.

“Medicine better wake up,” Brown said. “It’s not just our office. It’s going to be every single office because this is the new funding mechanism for health care, to go and get back the money paid to doctors, apparently by hook or by crook.”

Eye Specialty Group was involved in this dispute when it learned that one of its partners, Dr. Seth Yoser, had been stealing expensive medicine from the practice, double-billing Medicare for the medicine and then selling it back to ophthalmology practices. The practice reported Yoser to federal authorities.

Yoser was sentenced in February to 42 months in prison for mail fraud, wire fraud and selling drugs without a license.

The findings in the AdvanceMed audit were not related to the criminal acts committed by Yoser.

“The practice has always been confident in its billing and operating processes and has coveted its ethical reputation so much so that when a partner was found within the practice to be committing fraud, there was no real hesitation to step forward and say we are not going to allow that,” Brown said.

In announcing the expansion of payment recapture audits, the White House said the program could return at least $2 billion in taxpayer money over the next three years.


16. Commission Races Hinge on Public Issues -

Two issues figure in to the 11 competitive races for the Shelby County Commission – the future of the Regional Medical Center and local government consolidation.

Any push card for a credible candidate includes either something about how to save The MED or the candidate’s opposition to consolidation – or both.

17. Court Attorney Coupé Earns Juvenile Law Certification -

Thomas W. Coupé, a staff attorney at the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, has been certified as a juvenile law and child welfare specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He is one of only 10 attorneys statewide certified in this specialty by the Tennessee Commission.

18. Pat O’s Sold Back to Bank -

A mini bidding war broke out Friday during the trustee’s sale of the former Pat O’Brien’s bar at 310 Beale St., but in the end the bank that foreclosed on the property came in with the highest bid of $827,000.

19. Court Rules for Tenn. Death Row Inmate -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court granted a new hearing in federal court for a Tennessee death row inmate who was deprived of key evidence at his trial.

The justices on Tuesday ordered a review of the death sentence given to Gary Bradford Cone, who was convicted of beating an elderly couple to death in 1980.

20. Pat O'Brien's-MemphisProperty in Foreclosure -      The property housing Pat O'Brien's-Memphis at 310 Beale St. is in foreclosure after a first-run Notice of Substitute Trustees' Sale was filed against the restaurant's owners this week. Wachovia Commercial Mortgage Inc.,

21. Archived Article -

830 N. Byhalia Road
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $10.6 million

Loan Date: Jan. 19, 2007

Maturity Date: Jan. 19, 2017

22. Retired Commercial Appeal Editor to Head Children's Museum Board of Trustees -

Angus McEachran has been elected president of the board of trustees at The Children's Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central Ave. He has served on the board since 2003. McEachran is the retired editor and president of The Commercial Appeal. He also has served on the boards of the Memphis Riverfront Development Corp., the Scripps Howard Foundation and Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA).

23. Archived Article: Newsmakers - The Memphis Orchestral Society has elected its officers for the 2004 fiscal year

Association of Fundraising Professionals Elects Board Members

The Association of Fundraising Professionals elected the following board members for 2005: Laurie Mc...

24. Archived Article: Real Recap - 9

Developer to Build Shoppes of Greys Creek

9.06 acres near

Walnut Grove

Cost: $4.3 million

Borrower: Greys Creek Development Co. LP

Lender: Community Bank, DeSoto County

Trustee: Lancelot L. Minor III

Property: 9.06 acres of...

25. Archived Article: Memos - Julie Wittichen Gasaway has become an associate at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects

Julie Wittichen Gasaway has become an associate at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects. She joined the firm in 1990 and earned a bachelors degree from the University o...

26. Archived Article: Pat O's (lead) - Pat OBriens opens with a splash

Pat OBriens opens with a splash


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The effort to pour one of Pat OBriens rum-studded Hurricanes alongside the Beale Street cobblestones underwent a kind of tempest on its own. 27. Archived Article: Memos - Jill Stem, who leads Lee Hecht Harrison outplacement and career advising practice in Memphis, was part of the team that succes Jill Stem, who leads Lee Hecht Harrison outplacement and career advising practice in Memphis, was part of the team that su...

28. Archived Article: Memos - Edward L Edward L. Stanton III joined Armstrong Allen PLLC as an associate member. Stanton comes to the firm from the City of Memphis, where he served as assistant city attorney. Prior to his employment with the city, Stanton worked at the Charles C...

29. Archived Article: Ccdc (lead) - CCDC approves Pat OBriens loan CCDC approves Pat OBriens loan By SUE PEASE The Daily News The Center City Development Corp. Wednesday approved a $62,000 development loan application to the owners of a business planning to build a Pat OBriens bar on ...

30. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. announced it will merge with Flournoy Development Co., a Columbus, Ga.-based developer, builder, owner and manager of apartment communities in a transaction valued at about...

31. Archived Article: Mus Tennis Chg - By CAMILLE H MUS, Hutchison get new tennis complex By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Memphis University School, in association with Hutchison School, has started construction on a 12-court tennis complex with club house which will be located on th...