Study Abroad Fair at SDSU-IV

Calexico, CA.  San Diego State University-Imperial Valley will hold a Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the John Steppling Art Gallery.   There will be information provided by program leaders about study abroad opportunities for students available worldwide, students who have gone abroad will share their experiences, pictures and artifacts from around the world will be on display, and a study abroad photo contest will take place.

ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER Understanding the Gang Threat

Mexican drug cartels run the billion-dollar trafficking operations that bring so much crime and violence to both sides of the Southwest border. But it’s street gangs that carry out the cartels’ dirty work of smuggling, extortion, and murder. Understanding the gangs—their structure, culture, and tactics—is the job of agents who specialize in collecting human intelligence, or HUMINT.

In our El Paso Field Office, the HUMINT squad pays particular attention to Barrio Azteca, the city’s predominant gang whose leaders regularly do business from prison—even authorizing contract killings.

ECRMC Addresses Medicare Errors

EL CENTRO, Calif. – September 20, 2010 – ECRMC announced today that it has paid approximately $2.2 million in Medicare over billings.

The hospital was notified of an investigation, starting in mid-2007, brought forth by a former employee. The suit alleged that Medicare billings for inpatient care short stays should have been classified as outpatient services. ECRMC has been cooperating with investigators since approached. After thorough investigations only isolated Medicare billing issues have been identified. Not all Medicare billings were affected and patient and private insurance billings were not affected.