Terror Attack Like Those In Fort Lauderdale Airport Could Be Avoided

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Terrorism 101: Private Sectors Gear Up Against Terrorism to Detect, Prevent + Respond.

Atlanta, Ga – January 28, 2017 – The memory of the attack in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale’s airport continues to leave an eerie feeling to all, especially those flying in and out of this airport. Could this situation, and others, have been avoided? Perhaps.

“We witness the lone wolf assailant which commits the crime on his initiative, with the framework of a global terrorism variable and changing targets,” says YanivPeretz, Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner Program (CCTP) program director. “The current objectives that lead the recent attacks are against public places with high concentration of people, therefore this makes the job of security forces very challenging. With no prior intelligence and red flag indications of Santiago’s, all is dependent on ground level personnel and the awareness level of the security force in the airport, airport staff, and nearby passengers. Once the shooting incident starts, time is a critical factor, which depends on how effective and fast the response of security forces to stop the assailant and prevent more casualties,” he adds.

Familiarity with security-related issues in an age of terrorism, such as ours can serve as a first-class tool for security forces. Knowing about the adversary’s capabilities, methods, and tools in advance can help us establish an effective security system that will eventually increase the level of our preparation to such incidents, and even prevent it.

After the creation of the successful Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner Program (CCTP), just this week, CCTP World launched Terrorism 101, a new addition to their lineup, specifically geared toall private sector employees who work in schools, hospitals, office personnel, transport, hotels, parks, etc.

The goal of Terrorism 101 is to educate and provide focused awareness: How to look at things in a different way, how to look for things that are out of the ordinary, and how to respond quickly with the available means at hand. “Transportation workers are real-life first responders and in an event of threat, their response to a crisis is crucial. Identifying and recognizing a dangerous situation within its early stages will save lives. And this is indeed, the main objective of all CCTP World Programs,” says Peretz. “Terrorism 101 provides those with no police or military training the understanding that they are equally important, and their role can truly make a difference, once they know what to look for and what to do in case of,” he adds.

Terrorism 101 covers: Terrorism nowadays; an introduction to the threat; how does the adversary identify our soft targets; the tools an adversary uses, which includes explosives, active shooters, ramming, suicide bombers, etc.; possible warning signs; security measures,  emergency response to terrorist attack; and more.  

The program is taught by two experts: Belgium Federal Police with over 20 years of experience, who is also an Ex Secret Service agent, plus an Israeli Ex Secret Service agent with over 40 years of experience in the field of anti-terrorism.

What is CCTP?

CCTP is a credential which provides demonstrable proof of knowledge and expertise in terrorism prevention, detection, and response. This credential is awarded to the eligible candidates who have successfully passed the examination which assesses the knowledge of 14 main areas in the field of counterterrorism. The CCTP Program is accredited by Skill for Security from UK and follows the international ISO standard for accreditation of personnel.

About CCTP’s Board

CCTP’s Board establishes and maintains a voluntary and comprehensive certification program through a specifically designed certification process called the Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner. The certification is based on methods currently used in the government and private sectors that measure competency in security practices. The CCTP Board is a for-profit security firm which delivers exceptional value by acquiring top specialists and employing the best assessment methods, independent from the influence of governments, private organizations, and individuals.

At CCTP World we believe knowledge is the best form of defense against terrorism. For more information on Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner Program, its new Terrorism 101 Program, and to interview program director YanivPeretz or other experts on the Fort Lauderdale Airport tragic attack, or other forms of terrorism by radical groups, please contact:

Mavian Arocha-Rowe
marocharowe@shesgotchispa.com

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Breakthrough recording artist Jesika von Rabbit launches unique ‘FUND A BUNNY’ crowd funding campaign

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Independent artists have always had to scramble to bring resources together to produce professional quality work. By enlisting support from fans who are yearning for more new music we’re able to continue to create and deliver it to them in a way that truly makes them a part of the process. We’ve been hearing for years that there will be a paradigm shift in the music industry, it’s here now, and it becomes the fans who drive every album.California based independent artist and musician Ms. Jesika von Rabbit has launched a secret/not-secret FUND A BUNNY crowd funding campaign to help bring her new album through to production.

California based breakthrough recording artist Ms.  Jesika von Rabbit has launched a secret/not-secret FUND A BUNNY crowd funding campaign to help bring her new album through to production.

In her social media message to followers, friends and fans Ms. von Rabbit reached out with a heartfelt message about the project. With donation rewards ranging from t-shirts and posters to joining Jesika onstage during a live performance, fans will find a number of options available to them as they show support.

2016 marked the launch of a new journey for Ms. von Rabbit, a singer and talent called by influential DJ Jason Bentley as the “Madonna of the Desert” with the furthering of her solo and media projects. Her 2016 premier “Journey Mitchell” offered but a taste of the intergalactic groove phonic glam music epics that await her fans new and old. With this new year, getting into the studio early becomes paramount.

FUND A BUNNY

Working from her Joshua Tree based warren, this project comes as Jesika is not yet attached to a major label and as such carries the full costs of production and promotion of her music.

Called “California’s ultimate postmodern, intergalactic pop provocateur” by the LA Weekly, Jesika von Rabbit formed the group Gram Rabbit with partner Todd Rutherford sparking a creative force unlike any other at the time.

Their debut album “Music to Start a Cult To” was released to rave reviews and the LA Weekly hailed them as LA’s Best New Artist.  Momentum grew quickly landing Gram Rabbit a slot on the main stage of the Coachella Music and Art Festival while Gram Rabbit’s fan base grew steadily as they honed their live chops playing or touring with the likes of Le Tigre, Maximo Park, the Raveonettes, Satellite Party, Kinky, Ima Robot, West Indian Girl, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, The Handsome Family, The Lovemakers, Electrolane, The 88, John Doe, The English Beat, and many more.

The group produced six albums and and have licensed music to a number of film and television projects. NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CW, FX, BRAVO, STARZ, and MTV have all used the band’s music in shows and movies such as CSI, Life, the Real World, Sons of Anarchy, Crash, Hit & Miss, Crazy Stupid Love and War Inc., just to name a few. Gram Rabbit also landed a commercial spot for Fruit of the Loom that aired during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Their unique hybrid of psychedelic rock and electro-pop redefined and modernized the old-school labels of retro and synth-pop.

As the front woman of Gram Rabbit, and as a solo artist, Jesika von Rabbit dominates. With a combination of her self-penned songs, her voice, her musical and programming talents, and compelling stage presence, von Rabbit literally owns the audience during her shows.

This new album is the sure to be a historical followup to her solo debut album, Journey Mitchell. Where Journey Mitchell, is loaded with new wave influenced synths, keyboard melodics and infectious dance beats, this new album promises to infuse depth and dimension with mystical melodies and mind expanding phonic rhythm. Jesika is sharing a secret with her fans.

Watch the video HERE

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Phone: 818 415 5543
Address:PO Box 1975
City: Burbank
State: CA
Country: United States
Website: http://www.jesikavonrabbit.com

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SpotterRF Introduces New Upgrades and IndustrialENET Integration

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SpotterRF, the leader in low cost compact surveillance radar (CSR), today announced its newly upgraded C20D and C40D radar models. Both models provide enhanced technology to streamline installation and integration for the company’s strategic integrator partners. In partner news, SpotterRF and integrator IndustrialENET announced availability of the new IE-PNL-RADAR/CAM-120 interface panel designed for rapid deployment, uninterruptable power, and more advanced connectivity.

“Both the Spotter C20D and C40D models result from our constant quest for advancing perimeter security for partners and customers,“ states Logan Harris, SpotterRF CEO. “The new interface panel developed by IndustrialENET allows clients to connect quickly and better protect the Spotters from surges on power and communication lines during inclement weather.”

The new panel builds on last year’s announced plans to integrate IndustrialENET technology and SpotterRF radar with rugged Bosch MIC cameras to protect bridges, tunnels and electrical substations in harsh conditions. The panel provides:
Redundant power supplies
24VAC supply standard
Extra circuit breakers on 24VDC and 24VAC bus
Phoenix contact Managed Ethernet switch
Extended temperature ratings (all industrial rated) components
Surge protection on Cat5 for Power Over Ethernet (POE) and high POE to camera(s)
UL panel rating
Ethernet Connectors to power up to 4 SpotterRF radars
Engineered drawings with panel

“This new panel meets our high standard for providing critical system networking with high availability, video surveillance,” states Jon Amack, Director of Business Development for IndustrialENET. “Using Phoenix Contact’s world class manufacturing resources, we can offer the highest standard of protection for SpotterRF solutions at very competitive prices. We are very pleased to offer this plug-and-play solution with SpotterRF to better protect critical infrastructure like our nation’s electric grid and bridges.”

The upgraded Spotter C20D and C40D radars include added short circuit, over-voltage, and reverse voltage protection to better streamline setup and installation. Details Here

SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents. SpotterRF will be displayed along with IndustrialENET at the upcoming show, DistribuTECH, held in San Diego on January 31- February 2 at booth 4003.

About SpotterRF
SpotterRF provides protection beyond fences with the world’s most advanced Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) system for perimeter security and force protection. Made in the USA and engineered for extreme conditions, SpotterRF technology is the most compact, lightweight, energy efficient, and cost-effective radar for elite warfighters and critical infrastructure requirements, such as electrical utilities. For a more information visit https://spotterrf.com/commercial-products/ .

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SpotterRF Introduces New Upgrades and IndustrialENET Integration

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SpotterRF, the leader in low cost compact surveillance radar (CSR), today announced its newly upgraded C20D and C40D radar models. Both models provide enhanced technology to streamline installation and integration for the company’s strategic integrator partners. In partner news, SpotterRF and integrator IndustrialENET announced availability of the new IE-PNL-RADAR/CAM-120 interface panel designed for rapid deployment, uninterruptable power, and more advanced connectivity.

“Both the Spotter C20D and C40D models result from our constant quest for advancing perimeter security for partners and customers,“ states Logan Harris, SpotterRF CEO. “The new interface panel developed by IndustrialENET allows clients to connect quickly and better protect the Spotters from surges on power and communication lines during inclement weather.”

The new panel builds on last year’s announced plans to integrate IndustrialENET technology and SpotterRF radar with rugged Bosch MIC cameras to protect bridges, tunnels and electrical substations in harsh conditions. The panel provides:
Redundant power supplies
24VAC supply standard
Extra circuit breakers on 24VDC and 24VAC bus
Phoenix contact Managed Ethernet switch
Extended temperature ratings (all industrial rated) components
Surge protection on Cat5 for Power Over Ethernet (POE) and high POE to camera(s)
UL panel rating
Ethernet Connectors to power up to 4 SpotterRF radars
Engineered drawings with panel

“This new panel meets our high standard for providing critical system networking with high availability, video surveillance,” states Jon Amack, Director of Business Development for IndustrialENET. “Using Phoenix Contact’s world class manufacturing resources, we can offer the highest standard of protection for SpotterRF solutions at very competitive prices. We are very pleased to offer this plug-and-play solution with SpotterRF to better protect critical infrastructure like our nation’s electric grid and bridges.”

The upgraded Spotter C20D and C40D radars include added short circuit, over-voltage, and reverse voltage protection to better streamline setup and installation. Details Here

SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents. SpotterRF will be displayed along with IndustrialENET at the upcoming show, DistribuTECH, held in San Diego on January 31- February 2 at booth 4003.

About SpotterRF
SpotterRF provides protection beyond fences with the world’s most advanced Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) system for perimeter security and force protection. Made in the USA and engineered for extreme conditions, SpotterRF technology is the most compact, lightweight, energy efficient, and cost-effective radar for elite warfighters and critical infrastructure requirements, such as electrical utilities. For a more information visit https://spotterrf.com/commercial-products/ .

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PolyU Confers University Fellowship on Seven Distinguished Leaders

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Presided over by Mr. Chan Tze-ching, Chairman of the University Council, the conferment ceremony was held at the Jockey Club Auditorium on PolyU campus. The recipients were warmly greeted by PolyU President, Professor Timothy W. Tong, and other senior staff members of the University. The fellowship recipients are (in alphabetical order of last name):

1. Mr. Chao Chen-kuo
Mr. Chao Chen-kuo, Managing Director of CK Hair International Limited, has been a close partner of PolyU since 2005 when he joined the CEO Club set up by the University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship. In 2012 and 2014, he was elected as President of the Club, which has strived to promote knowledge and technology transfer, educate a young generation of innovative entrepreneurs, and enhance the exchanges between Chinese mainland and Hong Kong enterprises.

2. Ms. Irene Chow Man-ling
Ms. Irene Chow Man-ling, Senior China and Hong Kong Equity Analyst at Bank Julius Baer and a Chartered Financial Analyst, has been enthusiastic in public services throughout the years. Currently a member of the University Court, Ms. Chow had served on the University’s Council for six years, mostly involved in its Investment Committee. With her profound experience and knowledge on the subject, she gave invaluable advice on the University’s finance and risk management.

3. Mrs. Yvonne Law Shing Mo-han, JP
Mrs. Yvonne Law Shing Mo-han, Chairman of Yinn Advisory Services Limited, had been a partner with the accounting firm, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, for over 26 years. A graduate from the then Hong Kong Polytechnic, predecessor of PolyU, Mrs Law had been a member of the University Council for six years, during which she chaired its Audit Committee for three years and is now a member of the University Court. She won PolyU’s inaugural Outstanding Accountancy Alumni Award in 2000/2001, and was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 2007.

4. Mr. Alex Lui Chun-wan
Mr. Alex Lui Chun-wan is a renowned architect and city planner who had practised in the U.S., Singapore and Hong Kong.Mr Lui has been providing PolyU, his alma mater, with professional insights on education and campus development since 2010. He had been a member of the University Council, chairing its Campus Development Committee, and currently a member of the University Court, as well as chairman of the University’s Green Deck Task Force.

5. Dr. Allen Shi Lop-tak, MH, JP
Dr. Allen Shi Lop-tak, President and Founder of Brilliant International Group Limited, is a renowned philanthropist dedicated to serving the community, supporting charity work and youth education. He was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2007 for his dedicated community service. A graduate from the then Hong Kong Polytechnic, predecessor of PolyU, Dr. Shi has been supporting his alma mater over the years.

6. Mr. Alex Wong Siu-wah
Mr. Alex Wong Siu-wah, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of King’s Flair International (Holdings) Limited, is an Honorary Life Vice President of the PolyU Foundation and a member of the advisory committee of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has generously supported the University’s Endowed Professorship Scheme in setting up a product design engineering professorship. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Wong also enthusiastically supports charitable endeavours.

7. Professor Wucius Wong, BBS
Professor Wucius Wong is one of the most internationally celebrated modern ink painters. More than four decades ago, Professor Wong spent ten years at the Swire School of Design, predecessor of PolyU ‘s School of Design, as a principal lecturer.In 2007, Professor Wong was honoured with a Bronze Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in recognition of his contributions to the promotion and development of arts and design education.In 2016, Professor Wong returned to PolyU as an Artist-in-Residence to host a retrospective solo exhibition, and shared with PolyU students and staff reflections on his works.

Since its introduction in 2000, PolyU has conferred University Fellowship on a total of 104 distinguished persons.

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PolyU Confers University Fellowship on Seven Distinguished Leaders

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Presided over by Mr. Chan Tze-ching, Chairman of the University Council, the conferment ceremony was held at the Jockey Club Auditorium on PolyU campus. The recipients were warmly greeted by PolyU President, Professor Timothy W. Tong, and other senior staff members of the University. The fellowship recipients are (in alphabetical order of last name):

1. Mr. Chao Chen-kuo
Mr. Chao Chen-kuo, Managing Director of CK Hair International Limited, has been a close partner of PolyU since 2005 when he joined the CEO Club set up by the University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship. In 2012 and 2014, he was elected as President of the Club, which has strived to promote knowledge and technology transfer, educate a young generation of innovative entrepreneurs, and enhance the exchanges between Chinese mainland and Hong Kong enterprises.

2. Ms. Irene Chow Man-ling
Ms. Irene Chow Man-ling, Senior China and Hong Kong Equity Analyst at Bank Julius Baer and a Chartered Financial Analyst, has been enthusiastic in public services throughout the years. Currently a member of the University Court, Ms. Chow had served on the University’s Council for six years, mostly involved in its Investment Committee. With her profound experience and knowledge on the subject, she gave invaluable advice on the University’s finance and risk management.

3. Mrs. Yvonne Law Shing Mo-han, JP
Mrs. Yvonne Law Shing Mo-han, Chairman of Yinn Advisory Services Limited, had been a partner with the accounting firm, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, for over 26 years. A graduate from the then Hong Kong Polytechnic, predecessor of PolyU, Mrs Law had been a member of the University Council for six years, during which she chaired its Audit Committee for three years and is now a member of the University Court. She won PolyU’s inaugural Outstanding Accountancy Alumni Award in 2000/2001, and was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 2007.

4. Mr. Alex Lui Chun-wan
Mr. Alex Lui Chun-wan is a renowned architect and city planner who had practised in the U.S., Singapore and Hong Kong.Mr Lui has been providing PolyU, his alma mater, with professional insights on education and campus development since 2010. He had been a member of the University Council, chairing its Campus Development Committee, and currently a member of the University Court, as well as chairman of the University’s Green Deck Task Force.

5. Dr. Allen Shi Lop-tak, MH, JP
Dr. Allen Shi Lop-tak, President and Founder of Brilliant International Group Limited, is a renowned philanthropist dedicated to serving the community, supporting charity work and youth education. He was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2007 for his dedicated community service. A graduate from the then Hong Kong Polytechnic, predecessor of PolyU, Dr. Shi has been supporting his alma mater over the years.

6. Mr. Alex Wong Siu-wah
Mr. Alex Wong Siu-wah, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of King’s Flair International (Holdings) Limited, is an Honorary Life Vice President of the PolyU Foundation and a member of the advisory committee of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has generously supported the University’s Endowed Professorship Scheme in setting up a product design engineering professorship. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Wong also enthusiastically supports charitable endeavours.

7. Professor Wucius Wong, BBS
Professor Wucius Wong is one of the most internationally celebrated modern ink painters. More than four decades ago, Professor Wong spent ten years at the Swire School of Design, predecessor of PolyU ‘s School of Design, as a principal lecturer.In 2007, Professor Wong was honoured with a Bronze Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in recognition of his contributions to the promotion and development of arts and design education.In 2016, Professor Wong returned to PolyU as an Artist-in-Residence to host a retrospective solo exhibition, and shared with PolyU students and staff reflections on his works.

Since its introduction in 2000, PolyU has conferred University Fellowship on a total of 104 distinguished persons.

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Former U.S. Prosecutors and ZPIC Investigators Assist Oberheiden Law Group Clients with the ZPIC Appeals Process

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    DALLAS, TX, January 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Oberheiden Law Group PLLC, a Dallas-based healthcare fraud defense law firm, formed a team of former federal healthcare fraud prosecutors and experienced ZPIC investigators to assist clients across the United States with ZPIC appeals.

“If you are in the healthcare business long enough or if your business is successful, the chances that you will be audited eventually are high,” explains Mindy Sauter, a former United States Assistant Attorney in charge of healthcare fraud investigations. “The key in these types of audits is twofold: be prepared and have experienced attorneys by your side to make sure your audit is not going the wrong direction,” adds Matthew Lawhon, a former ZPIC auditor and investigator. Together with former U.S. prosecutor and former Chief Prosecutor of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force for the Northern District of Texas, Mike Elliott, Ms. Sauter and Mr. Lawhon now assist clients of the Oberheiden Law Group, PLLC with ZPIC audits and the ZPIC appeals process.

CMS [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] has empowered the Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC) with the authority to perform a number of activities; some of which include conducting on-site visits to provider locations where ZPIC investigative and audit staff can request medical records and interview employees. This on-site visit, commonly referred to as the ZPIC Audit, can result in numerous actions being taken against the provider, including but not limited to a law enforcement referral, prepayment denial of claims, and post-payment collection of an overpayment. While ZPIC audits and other types of Medicare Contractors have the authority to collect an overpayment, the ZPIC must follow very specific steps in doing so. Fortunately for the provider community, these steps include the opportunity and ability to appeal the overpayment.

“This is where we come in with our experience,” says Dr. Nick Oberheiden, founder and principal of the Oberheiden Law Group, PLLC. “We critically analyze the situation. Typically, the first step in the appeal process is that the ZPIC notifies the provider of the overpayment assessment. Providers must notify providers, in writing, of their intention to initiate a recoupment. As a part of this notification, the ZPIC must advise the provider of their right to rebut the overpayment. The opportunity to rebut must be offered prior to initiation of the recoupment or suspension. The provider’s rebuttal statement can include any statement or evidence as to why they believe the recoupment should not be assessed and should be submitted within 15 days of the overpayment notification. The ZPIC, or other Medicare Contractor, has 15 days to respond to the rebuttal once received,” summarizes Matthew Lawhon, the newly appointed lead attorney for ZPIC audits and ZPIC appeals at the Oberheiden Law Group, PLLC.

In order to stop the recoupment process, the Medicare Program offers providers two opportunities. The first opportunity for a redetermination occurs within 30 days of receipt of the overpayment notification; however, if this level of appeal results in an unfavorable determination by the ZPIC then the provider can make a second request for redetermination. The second request must be made within 60 days of receipt of the initial redetermination and is filed with a Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC). The provider will be notified of who the QIC is the initial redetermination letter. If the provider is dissatisfied with the QIC’s decision, the provider may then request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). “And we are prepared, trained, and experienced to walk our clients through these steps and to advise them on the best option,” Dr. Nick Oberheiden points out.

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Healthcare business owners and providers that have questions about ZPIC audits or the ZPIC Appeals Process can contact the attorneys of the Oberheiden Law Group to discuss their case in a free and confidential consultation.

The Oberheiden Law Group consists of former Medicare fraud prosecutors and law enforcement personnel that have specific experience with hundreds if not thousands of ZPIC audits. Among the attorneys of the Oberheiden Law Group PLLC are the following ZPIC audit attorneys.

Michael C. Elliott supervised ZPIC audits as the Chief Coordinator for Criminal Healthcare Fraud and Chief Prosecutor of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in North Texas. Matthew Lawhon is a former healthcare fraud investigator and licensed attorney. Mr. Lawhon previously held senior positions with various agencies and entities to include TriCenturion, Trailblazer Health Enterprises, and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). In his capacity as a government investigator, Mr. Lawhon pursued a great number of ZPIC audits and investigations and he is now offering his insight information to the valuable clients of the Oberheiden Law Group PLLC.

If you are interested to find out more about ZPIC appeals, you should visit the Firm’s website at www.criminaldefense.com or call Dr. Nick Oberheiden directly at 214.469.9009.

This information may constitute an attorney advertisement in some jurisdictions. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes in future cases.

Eldon Riggs Hugie, Esq. Recognized as a Professional of the Year by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Publication

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Eldon Riggs Hugie, Esq. Recognized as a Professional of the Year by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Publication

Eldon Riggs Hugie, Esq. Recognized as a Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication

Bakersfield, CA, January 28, 2017 –(PR.com)– Eldon Riggs Hugie, Esq. of Bakersfield, California has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2017 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for his outstanding achievements and high level of success in the fields of law, taxes and business.

About Eldon Riggs Hugie, Esq.
Mr. Hugie is an Attorney-CPA with over 40 years’ experience in legal, tax and business pursuits. His practice includes taxes, real estate, estate planning, oil and corporate law. Currently, he serves as Chairman of an Oklahoma oil company, CFO of an internet company, and officer/director in several family-owned investment companies. Mr. Hugie is “AV” rated in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers of America by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a Member of the State Bars of California, Utah and Oregon, the A.B.A and the A.I.C.P.A. He was recently recognized in Times Square, New York City on the Reuter’s billboard.

Previously, Mr. Hugie served as a Captain (Intelligence) in the U.S. Air Force, and on the Board of Directors of the Boalt Law School Alumni Association. His experience includes being principal owner, executive and legal counsel of corporations involving: operation of cattle ranches and feedlots (over 100,000 head) in California, Texas and Australia; 4,000 acre farming operation in California; major California hotels; 2,500 acre recreational property on Rogue River in Oregon; 400,000 acre hunting/recreational retreat in British Columbia; recreational development in Bora Bora, Tahiti; business projects in Libya, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and South America.

Mr. Hugie obtained a B.S. degree from Utah State University and a J.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. In his spare time he enjoys church leadership positions, fishing the rivers of Alaska, is an avid reader of history, and loves to spend time with his family which includes 5 children and 22 grandchildren.

About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide
Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com.

Former U.S. Prosecutors and ZPIC Investigators Assist Oberheiden Law Group Clients with the ZPIC Appeals Process

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The Oberheiden Law Group PLLC, a Dallas-based healthcare fraud defense law firm, formed a team of former federal healthcare fraud prosecutors and experienced ZPIC investigators to assist clients across the United States with ZPIC appeals.

DALLAS, TX, January 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Oberheiden Law Group PLLC, a Dallas-based healthcare fraud defense law firm, formed a team of former federal healthcare fraud prosecutors and experienced ZPIC investigators to assist clients across the United States with ZPIC appeals.

“If you are in the healthcare business long enough or if your business is successful, the chances that you will be audited eventually are high,” explains Mindy Sauter, a former United States Assistant Attorney in charge of healthcare fraud investigations. “The key in these types of audits is twofold: be prepared and have experienced attorneys by your side to make sure your audit is not going the wrong direction,” adds Matthew Lawhon, a former ZPIC auditor and investigator. Together with former U.S. prosecutor and former Chief Prosecutor of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force for the Northern District of Texas, Mike Elliott, Ms. Sauter and Mr. Lawhon now assist clients of the Oberheiden Law Group, PLLC with ZPIC audits and the ZPIC appeals process.

CMS [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] has empowered the Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC) with the authority to perform a number of activities; some of which include conducting on-site visits to provider locations where ZPIC investigative and audit staff can request medical records and interview employees. This on-site visit, commonly referred to as the ZPIC Audit, can result in numerous actions being taken against the provider, including but not limited to a law enforcement referral, prepayment denial of claims, and post-payment collection of an overpayment. While ZPIC audits and other types of Medicare Contractors have the authority to collect an overpayment, the ZPIC must follow very specific steps in doing so. Fortunately for the provider community, these steps include the opportunity and ability to appeal the overpayment.

“This is where we come in with our experience,” says Dr. Nick Oberheiden, founder and principal of the Oberheiden Law Group, PLLC. “We critically analyze the situation. Typically, the first step in the appeal process is that the ZPIC notifies the provider of the overpayment assessment. Providers must notify providers, in writing, of their intention to initiate a recoupment. As a part of this notification, the ZPIC must advise the provider of their right to rebut the overpayment. The opportunity to rebut must be offered prior to initiation of the recoupment or suspension. The provider’s rebuttal statement can include any statement or evidence as to why they believe the recoupment should not be assessed and should be submitted within 15 days of the overpayment notification. The ZPIC, or other Medicare Contractor, has 15 days to respond to the rebuttal once received,” summarizes Matthew Lawhon, the newly appointed lead attorney for ZPIC audits and ZPIC appeals at the Oberheiden Law Group, PLLC.

In order to stop the recoupment process, the Medicare Program offers providers two opportunities. The first opportunity for a redetermination occurs within 30 days of receipt of the overpayment notification; however, if this level of appeal results in an unfavorable determination by the ZPIC then the provider can make a second request for redetermination. The second request must be made within 60 days of receipt of the initial redetermination and is filed with a Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC). The provider will be notified of who the QIC is the initial redetermination letter. If the provider is dissatisfied with the QIC’s decision, the provider may then request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). “And we are prepared, trained, and experienced to walk our clients through these steps and to advise them on the best option,” Dr. Nick Oberheiden points out.

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Healthcare business owners and providers that have questions about ZPIC audits or the ZPIC Appeals Process can contact the attorneys of the Oberheiden Law Group to discuss their case in a free and confidential consultation.

The Oberheiden Law Group consists of former Medicare fraud prosecutors and law enforcement personnel that have specific experience with hundreds if not thousands of ZPIC audits. Among the attorneys of the Oberheiden Law Group PLLC are the following ZPIC audit attorneys.

Michael C. Elliott supervised ZPIC audits as the Chief Coordinator for Criminal Healthcare Fraud and Chief Prosecutor of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in North Texas. Matthew Lawhon is a former healthcare fraud investigator and licensed attorney. Mr. Lawhon previously held senior positions with various agencies and entities to include TriCenturion, Trailblazer Health Enterprises, and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). In his capacity as a government investigator, Mr. Lawhon pursued a great number of ZPIC audits and investigations and he is now offering his insight information to the valuable clients of the Oberheiden Law Group PLLC.

If you are interested to find out more about ZPIC appeals, you should visit the Firm’s website at www.criminaldefense.com or call Dr. Nick Oberheiden directly at 214.469.9009.

This information may constitute an attorney advertisement in some jurisdictions. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes in future cases.


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SpotterRF Introduces New Upgrades and IndustrialENET Integration

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SpotterRF, the leader in low cost compact surveillance radar (CSR), today announced its newly upgraded C20D and C40D radar models. Both models provide enhanced technology to streamline installation and integration for the company’s strategic integrator partners. In partner news, SpotterRF and integrator IndustrialENET announced availability of the new IE-PNL-RADAR/CAM-120 interface panel designed for rapid deployment, uninterruptable power, and more advanced connectivity.

“Both the Spotter C20D and C40D models result from our constant quest for advancing perimeter security for partners and customers,” states Logan Harris, SpotterRF CEO. “The new interface panel developed by IndustrialENET allows clients to connect quickly and better protect the Spotters from surges on power and communication lines during inclement weather.”

The new panel builds on last year’s announced plans to integrate IndustrialENET technology and SpotterRF radar with rugged Bosch MIC cameras to protect bridges, tunnels and electrical substations in harsh conditions. The panel provides:
Redundant power supplies
24VAC supply standard
Extra circuit breakers on 24VDC and 24VAC bus
Phoenix contact Managed Ethernet switch
Extended temperature ratings (all industrial rated) components
Surge protection on Cat5 for Power Over Ethernet (POE) and high POE to camera(s)
UL panel rating
Ethernet Connectors to power up to 4 SpotterRF radars
Engineered drawings with panel

“This new panel meets our high standard for providing critical system networking with high availability, video surveillance,” states Jon Amack, Director of Business Development for IndustrialENET. “Using Phoenix Contact’s world class manufacturing resources, we can offer the highest standard of protection for SpotterRF solutions at very competitive prices. We are very pleased to offer this plug-and-play solution with SpotterRF to better protect critical infrastructure like our nation’s electric grid and bridges.”

The upgraded Spotter C20D and C40D radars include added short circuit, over-voltage, and reverse voltage protection to better streamline setup and installation. Details Here

SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents. SpotterRF will be displayed along with IndustrialENET at the upcoming show, DistribuTECH, held in San Diego on January 31- February 2 at booth 4003.

About SpotterRF
SpotterRF provides protection beyond fences with the world’s most advanced Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) system for perimeter security and force protection. Made in the USA and engineered for extreme conditions, SpotterRF technology is the most compact, lightweight, energy efficient, and cost-effective radar for elite warfighters and critical infrastructure requirements, such as electrical utilities. For a more information visit https://spotterrf.com/commercial-products/ .

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