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Court dismisses appeal in behavioral health case

August 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Behavioral health providers under investigation for possible overbillings, mismanagement and fraud lost an appeal Monday of a ruling that allows New Mexico to continue to withhold Medicaid payments. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver dismissed the appeal by eight nonprofit providers. A federal judge in Albuquerque last...

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Man is fatally shot at a NM fundraising event

August 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was fatally shot at fundraising event in Albuquerque. Albuquerque police say 36-year-old Japheth Seaman was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound Sunday and later died. Authorities...

NM regulators propose new medical marijuana rules

August 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State medical regulators are drawing criticism for proposing new rules with requirements for doctors and other health care providers who certify patients to use medical marijuana. The Medical Board plans an Aug. 16 hearing on the new...

Authorities recover woman’s body from Animas River

August 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County authorities say the body of a Farmington woman was recovered from the Animas River. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office says it received reports on Friday that there was a vehicle and possibly a body in the...

Eddy County jail loses health accreditation

August 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Eddy County Detention Center has lost its health service facility accreditation after an accreditation commission faulted the jail for not having oversight conducted by a physician. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports...

Audit: Nonprofit operators earned $1.5 million

August 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An audit of 15 behavioral health providers in New Mexico says a couple who run a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that provides Medicaid-funded services to children and families is estimated to make as much as $1.5 million a year in...

Horse dies during race at Downs at Albuquerque

August 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A horse died and his jockey was badly injured during a race at the Downs at Albuquerque after the animal broke a leg bone, collapsed and died on the track. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/18ULf5w) that jockey Macario...

Union rep questions NM teacher evaluation system

August 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Questions are being raised about the state’s new teacher evaluation system. The new process will remove the responsibility of principals to be instructional leaders and put teachers in the position of having to evaluate each...

Authorities search for former CPA wanted in NM

August 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a former certified public accountant who is accused of embezzling nearly $300,000 from a New Mexico ranching organization. Prosecutors say 54-year-old Charles Fleming is facing 20 charges of embezzlement...

Dona Ana County commissioner to resign

August 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Commission Chairwoman Karen Perez says she is resigning. Perez says the decision to step down in order to accept a full-time job in Texas was one of the most difficult decisions she has had to make. She says it was an...