Shots - Health News
11:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny

Number of providers by state who wrote at least 3,000 prescriptions for Schedule 2 controlled substances in 2012 in Medicare Part D.
ProPublica/NPR

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 6:31 am

Despite a national crackdown on prescription drug abuse, doctors churned out an ever-larger number of prescriptions for the most-potent controlled substances to Medicare patients, new data show.

In addition, ProPublica found, the most prolific prescribers of such drugs as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and Ritalin often have worrisome records.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:27 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Oklahoma Corrections Policies Changed To Release More Offenders

The Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington
Oklahoma Watch

Pushing to reduce prison overcrowding, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has quietly changed its policies to give early releases to greater numbers of violent and sex offenders, according to agency documents obtained by Oklahoma Watch.

The department is doing so by relaxing policies that determine which types of inmates can receive early-release credits, when those credits can be given, and how many credits offenders can receive, corrections department records show.

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Health
7:04 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Study Calls For Change In State Health Care System

Credit Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Talk of transforming the way health care is provided, paid for and implemented in the state has begun in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority board on Thursday heard a presentation by Oklahoma Hospital Association President Craig Jones about the future of the state’s health care system. Oklahoma was ranked 46th in overall health by America’s Health Rankings in its 2014 report.

“We believe this will be an important part of the discussion going into the next legislative session,” OHCA Chief Executive Officer Nico Gomez said.

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Oklahoma News
6:53 am
Sun December 14, 2014

"Oklahoma @ The Movies" Exhibit Slated To Close This Month

Credit Oklahoma History Center

One of the Oklahoma History Center's most popular exhibits is scheduled to close at the end of the month.

"Oklahoma @ the Movies," which celebrates the contributions of Oklahomans to the motion picture industry, will close on Dec. 31.

The exhibit has been open to the public since May 2012 in conjunction with the development of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa. The Inasmuch Foundation awarded the Oklahoma History Center a $250,000 grant to develop it and focus on a number of Oklahomans who have worked in front of or behind the camera.

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Oklahoma News
6:31 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Six Oklahoma Lawmen Recognized

David Prater, Oklahoma County District Attorney, and former police officer inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
Credit Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office

Six Oklahoma lawmen were inducted into the sixth class of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

Tulsa Police Major Julie Harris says the six inductees for the 2014 class are: Barry T. Black, Joe R. Cannon, Phil Cotten, David Prater, Darrell Weaver, and Charles "Chuck" Smith.

Prater is a former police officer and currently the Oklahoma County district attorney. Weaver is the director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

An induction ceremony was held on Saturday at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
6:12 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Two Tribal Attorneys Now Special Assistant Prosecutors

Northern District of Oklahoma U.S. Department of Justice
Credit Northern District of Oklahoma Department of Justice

Tribal attorneys with the Cherokee Nation and the Osage Nation have been sworn in as tribal special assistant United States attorneys to help prosecute federal cases.

Cherokee Nation Deputy Attorney General Sara Hill and Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones have been sworn in by U.S. Attorney Danny Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma.

The Northern District has nearly 15 tribes and Williams said the two tribal special assistants will help staff and prosecute more cases and help make for better relationships with the tribes.

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Manager's Desk
5:46 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Thank You For Your Support

Credit templumconsulting.com

December 14, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This is the favorite season for many people, me included. Sure – the presents, the food, the parties make it special. But even more, I always want to take time to appreciate how far we have come in the last twelve months, and thank the people who have made this journey possible. 

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Oklahoma News
6:42 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Academy Accepting 2015 Applicants

Credit ok.gov/health

The Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy is accepting applications for its class of 2015.

The academy provides free training for individuals to become volunteer community leaders and advocates for Oklahoma's aging population. Applications are being accepted until Dec. 31.

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Politics and Government
6:02 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Bingman Sets Up The Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman
Credit Oklahoma Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman named the members Friday who will serve as chair and vice chair of Senate committees and subcommittees during the 55th Legislature.

Unlike the House where House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, altered the committee structure from the prior legislative session, Bingman’s appointments reflect no changes in the structure.

Some members who previously served as chair or vice chairs of committees, however, are no longer filing those roles and in most cases have moved to other positions.

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Politics and Government
5:47 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Agriculture Department Requests Legislation To Better Respond For Animals In A Natural Disaster

Those impacted by the Moore tornadoes were reunited with their animals. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service within an Incident Command structure to triage animals and place them in shelters so that they could be reunited with their owners.
Credit The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has requested multiple pieces of legislation for the upcoming legislative session, said Legislative Liaison Blayne Arthur at a board meeting on Tuesday.

Arthur said General Counsel Teena Gunter has been working on putting together the correct language for these bills to submit them by the Jan 22 deadline, though they have already officially requested legislation.

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