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Missouri Firm With Silicon Valley Ties Faces Medicare Billing Scrutiny


In many ways, Essence Group Holdings Corp. is a homegrown health care success story.

Founded in St. Louis, it has grown into a broader company backed by a major Silicon Valley investor. Essence now boasts Medicare Advantage plans for seniors with some 60,000 members in Missouri and across the Mississippi River in Illinois. It ranks among the city's top 35 privately held companies, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. And market research firm PitchBook Data values the company at over $1.64 billion.

But a recent audit by the federal Health and Human Services inspector general, along with a whistleblower lawsuit, have put the St. Louis health care standout under scrutiny. Medicare officials also are conducting a separate audit of Essence.

The same growth and use of big data that attracted venture capital cash are getting a renewed look from government officials who estimate that Medicare Advantage plans nationwide overcharge taxpayers nearly $10 billion annually.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/07/23/743250488/missouri-firm-with-silicon-valley-ties-faces-medicare-billing-scrutiny?utm_source

Missouri Firm With Silicon Valley Ties Faces Medicare Billing Scrutiny

In many ways, Essence Group Holdings Corp. is a homegrown health care success story.

Founded in St. Louis, it has grown into a broader company backed by a major Silicon Valley investor. Essence now boasts Medicare Advantage plans for seniors with some 60,000 members in Missouri and across the Mississippi River in Illinois. It ranks among the city's top 35 privately held companies, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. And market research firm PitchBook Data values the company at over $1.64 billion.

But a recent audit by the federal Health and Human Services inspector general, along with a whistleblower lawsuit, have put the St. Louis health care standout under scrutiny. Medicare officials also are conducting a separate audit of Essence.

The same growth and use of big data that attracted venture capital cash are getting a renewed look from government officials who estimate that Medicare Advantage plans nationwide overcharge taxpayers nearly $10 billion annually.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/07/23/743250488/missouri-firm-with-silicon-valley-ties-faces-medicare-billing-scrutiny?utm_source

World Naked Bike Ride Cyclists Shot by Man With Paintball Gun

Participants in the World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday were attacked by a man wielding a paintball gun, and the terrifying incident was caught on video.

The annual bike ride — which is usually a happy event that celebrates community, bike safety and body positivity — attracted more than 1,000 riders who pedaled through the city of St. Louis while letting it all hang out.

The participants are normally met with cheers and giggles from onlookers, but one man decided to use them for target practice.

Filmed by Brian Krazer in Tower Grove Park, a video of the attack shows a man take aim with a paintball gun and open fire on bicyclists. The 21-second clip even shows him walking closer to the bike path as they stream past, and he appears to unload at least nine shots on the riders.

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2019/07/22/world-naked-bike-ride-cyclists-shot-by-man-with-paintball-gun?utm_source=feature&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=hpfeatures&utm_content=HomeTopFeature

As the Blues score another fat public subsidy, the scorecard is clear: Taxpayers lose


On May 15, those of us who bleed blue were worried about the fate of our hockey team.

That night. our Blues lost 5-4 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks to fall behind 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals. The big story was that officials had blatantly failed to stop play for an illegal hand pass that led to the Sharks' winning goal, one of the most famously terrible non-calls in NHL history. It felt like our 51-year curse was living on.

"It was so unfair that the game ended that way. The wrong way," NHL Executive Vice President Colin Campbell said, with stunning candor. The league took the extraordinary step of removing all four on-ice officials for the rest of the playoffs.

As perhaps you've heard, we eventually won the Stanley Cup. It's all good now. But something else unfair happened May 15 with regard to the St. Louis Blues. That was the night Missouri's inept General Assembly made a horrific hand pass of its own: It dished out $70 million in taxpayer dollars over a twenty-year period to the Blues — along with $60 million in handouts to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals sports franchises.

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/as-the-blues-score-another-fat-public-subsidy-the-scorecard-is-clear-taxpayers-lose/Content?oid=31941081&utm_source=widget&utm_medium=articleblog&utm_campaign=rightrail&utm_content=TabbedPopularity

As the Blues score another fat public subsidy, the scorecard is clear: Taxpayers lose

On May 15, those of us who bleed blue were worried about the fate of our hockey team.

That night. our Blues lost 5-4 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks to fall behind 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals. The big story was that officials had blatantly failed to stop play for an illegal hand pass that led to the Sharks' winning goal, one of the most famously terrible non-calls in NHL history. It felt like our 51-year curse was living on.

"It was so unfair that the game ended that way. The wrong way," NHL Executive Vice President Colin Campbell said, with stunning candor. The league took the extraordinary step of removing all four on-ice officials for the rest of the playoffs.

As perhaps you've heard, we eventually won the Stanley Cup. It's all good now. But something else unfair happened May 15 with regard to the St. Louis Blues. That was the night Missouri's inept General Assembly made a horrific hand pass of its own: It dished out $70 million in taxpayer dollars over a twenty-year period to the Blues — along with $60 million in handouts to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals sports franchises.

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/as-the-blues-score-another-fat-public-subsidy-the-scorecard-is-clear-taxpayers-lose/Content?oid=31941081&utm_source=widget&utm_medium=articleblog&utm_campaign=rightrail&utm_content=TabbedPopularity

Drunk Missouri Man Breaks Into Bank, Passes Out For Hours, Steals Nothing

In what is surely an early contender for "heist of the century," a Missouri man is facing burglary charges after he allegedly drunkenly broke into a bank and immediately passed out without successfully stealing anything.

The incident happened in Boonville, about two hours west of St. Louis. The Columbia Tribune reports that Eric Preston Miller, 35, allegedly broke out a window at First State Community Bank at 3:12 a.m. on July 7 before climbing inside.

According to a probable cause statement, Miller looked to be intoxicated in security footage, and he reportedly passed out immediately upon entry — in fact, even as he was actually climbing through the window. He stayed asleep for almost three hours, police say.

After that well-earned catnap, our alleged would-be bank robber awoke around 6:03 a.m., whereupon he set about kicking through another window, police say — this one part of the bank's interior, which set off an alarm.

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2019/07/18/drunk-missouri-man-breaks-into-bank-passes-out-for-hours-steals-nothing

Private Partnership Has St. Louis Blight Removal In Its Sights

There are 7,000 vacant buildings and more than 10,000 vacant lots in St. Louis. Many of the structures are beyond repair, so the demolition of 30 vacant structures will only put a small dent in the blight problem.

The St. Louis Blight Authority is the organization behind a project to clear a four-block area in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood. The organizers believe the initiative could be just the beginning of a more far-reaching program.

St. Louis native Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square, and Bill Pulte, a Detroit real estate heir, joined Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, D-Ward 22, and local residents in front of a vacant house on Burd Avenue in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood on Friday afternoon to launch the effort.

Dorsey and Pulte described the plan to demolish the vacant structures and clean up 130 vacant properties over the next 20 days on four blocks that are bounded by Clara, Maffitt, Belt and Cote Brilliante Avenues.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/private-partnership-has-st-louis-blight-removal-its-sights

St. Louis' World Naked Bike Ride Organizers Gear Up For This Weekend

Nearly a decade ago, HandleBar owner Tatyana Telnikova began heading up the after-party for St. Louis’ World Naked Bike Ride.

She’s now even more deeply involved as an organizer of the annual event, which gets going at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Grove neighborhood.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, Telnikova talked with guest host Jim Kirchherr of the Nine Network about this growing St. Louis tradition. Twelve years running, the ride aims to raise awareness about oil dependency, body positivity and cyclist vulnerability.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-world-naked-bike-ride-organizers-gear-weekend

On Chess: Cops And Kids Team Up To Play Chess And Build Relationships


CHESS Cops was launched in February 2017. What began as a simple breakfast with officers and students enjoying chess over coffee and orange juice ultimately expanded into a multifaceted community outreach program.

The St. Louis Chess Club, St. Louis schools, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department partnered to start St. Louis CHESS Cops — or Chess Helping Enhance Student Skills. CHESS is currently comprised of city and county police officers who utilize chess to teach lessons on critical thinking, planning and logic.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort.”

The outpouring of support from the officers was beyond anything we could have hoped. CHESS ignited the first Spring Break Chess Camp at Gary Gore Elementary, which brought 23 students and 12 officers together for a full week of chess and collaboration.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-cops-and-kids-team-play-chess-and-build-relationships
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