NEW from me: A federal judge in Detroit has disqualified attorneys for @Allstate Insurance Co. and an entire law firm in an auto insurance medical bill lawsuit for their "scorched-earth tactics" and lying under oath.

Eye-opening ruling in a RICO lawsuit:…
Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Stafford let @Allstate's attorneys have it in a biting 28-page opinion that found one lawyer lied on an affidavit and under oath about having an unethical conversation with a pharmacist Allstate was suing over his billing.…
Out-of-state insurance companies like Allstate, State Farm & Liberty Mutual have been using the federal RICO statute to round up groups of medical providers and accuse them of a criminal-like conspiracy to overbill insurers. Providers almost always settle, except this one... 3/
The judge's disqualification of Allstate's legal team in Michigan centers around the deposition of a Royal Oak pharmacist who was the last of a dozen providers who hadn't settled.

@Allstate's attorney breached ethics, then lied about it, judge ruled.… 4/
"It's a legal shakedown."

That's how one Dearborn attorney for medical providers describes why auto insurers use the federal racketeering statute to force multiple medical providers to settle bills for pennies on the dollar and avoid costly litigation.…

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9 Aug
CAUTION: I'm about to write a long thread about the state of home health care in Michigan right now following the upheaval of our state's system of care for catastrophically injured motorists.

Michigan legislators, take cover...
John Wicke, the 52-year-old quadriplegic man I wrote about last week, is still living at Sparrow Hospital because his home health care agency quit because the Legislature & @GovWhitmer cut their pay by 45% on July 1.…

Wicke's case manager told me this morning that MediLodge, a chain of nursing homes, declined to accept John last week.

Now she's trying to find 1 or 2 home health care agencies that will take on his case. He requires 2 aides to move him in his apartment in Corruna.

Read 20 tweets
6 Apr
Michigan hospitals @ 100% capacity amid #COVID19 surge:
Ascension St. Joseph, Tawas City
Beaumont Wayne
McLaren Port Huron
McLaren-Oakland, Pontiac

At 99% capacity:
St. Joseph Mercy, Ypsilanti
Bronson Methodist, Kalamazoo
Henry Ford Macomb, Clinton Twp.
Hurley Medical Ctr, Flint
2 more hospitals to watch in the coming days...

McLaren Flint & Sparrow Hospital in Lansing are both at 97% occupied.

As of Monday, Sparrow had 112 COVID patients, almost as many as Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit (115)

Beaumont Royal Oak has most COVID patients (173, 79% full)
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit (78% full) has the most COVID patients in ICUs (36) of any hospital in Michigan, according to Monday's patient census.

That tracks with the COVID illness surge Detroit is facing:…

Henry Ford Macomb is No. 2 at 27.
Read 5 tweets
28 Mar
The stress & chaos of teaching during a once-in-a-century pandemic has some Michigan teachers weighing a departure from public education.

This month in #CrainsForum, I partnered with @chalkbeatDET for a report on teacher turnover destabilizing schools.…
#CrainsForum content is free and not behind the @crainsdetroit paywall.
How teacher churn destabilizes schools, costs taxpayers & hurts Michigan's most vulnerable students

@Chalkbeat's @levin_koby & @lamarr_lemee analyzed over 1 MILLION lines of teacher workforce data to track turnover in Mich. schools.

Eye-opening results…
Read 8 tweets
26 Mar
.@MIGOP chairman @RonaldWeiser repeatedly referred to @GovWhitmer, AG @dananessel & Secretary of State @JocelynBenson as "the three witches" and made a "burning at the stake" remark in front of a Oakland Co. Republican crowd last night.


Weiser also acknowledges in the video that he skipped the University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting yesterday afternoon to go recruit a Republican candidate to run for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
After @RonaldWeiser said @MIGOP's "job is to soften up those three witches and make sure that we have good candidates to run against them, that they are ready for the burning at the stake," he literally added, “And maybe the press heard that too.”

Read 5 tweets
4 Mar
Detroit @MayorMikeDuggan is turning away 6,200 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines because it's not as effective as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and preventing #COVID19 illnesses… via @annalise_frank & @crainsdetroit
My column in @crainsdetroit: Why Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's rejection of J&J vaccine is dangerous in Michigan's fight to end the pandemic… #COVID #covid19 #CovidVaccine #COVIDVaccination
ICYMI: Michigan Catholic bishops say Pfizer, Moderna #COVIDvaccines should be preferred over Johnson & Johnson…

#CovidVaccine #COVID19 #COVID #Michigan #Detroit
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10 Feb
New column from me:

Michigan business leaders want political civility? Show Mike Shirkey the door.… via @crainsdetroit
"Just one thing...," @SenMikeShirkey says in a hot mic moment before telling @LtGovGilchrist he won't back down about "any of the points I was trying to make" about @GovWhitmer.

The lieutenant governor just listened.

“So I read ... that the Republican majority leader in the state of Michigan went before a group of loyalists … and said, ‘What we think we saw on Jan. 6 is not the case. These were not Trump supporters. This was a hoax. It was all pre-arranged.’”

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