Data: More than $50 million in meals, trips, cash payments to Oklahoma physicians since 2013

The money comes from companies marketing medications, vaccines and medical devices, ranging from HIV/AIDS drugs to contact lenses.
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Opioid drug company at center of national doctor bribery scandal gave tens of thousands to Oklahoma physicians

In October the company’s founder was arrested in Arizona after being indicted for allegedly using a "speakers program" to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid painkiller to patients.
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ACLU warns of lawsuit over planned elimination of programs for disabled, elderly

"For us, this is something, we are preparing all of this hoping we never have to file it, and that’s always a tough spot to be in. It's ridiculous if we have to seek it." — Brady Henderson, legal director of ACLU of Oklahoma.
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OU hospital authority asks court to OK $750 million deal transferring management, ownership to nonprofit

If approved by the court, the merger agreement would allow the nonprofit organization, OU Medicine Inc., to take over ownership of most of the hospitals and clinics that are part of the OU Medical System, currently owned by the for-profit Hospital Corp. of America, as well as take over management of the medical system from HCA.
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DHS sends letters to seniors, disabled adults notifying of home-care program elimination

The ADvantage Waiver Program is designed to help seniors and adults with disabilities live at home. It aims to keep people living at home, rather than in a nursing home or similar types of adult care.
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State health department general counsel no longer employed at agency, spokesman confirms

Donald Maisch's exit is at least the fourth high-ranking health department employee to leave the agency since Monday.
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As budget debate continues, mental health providers, advocates on edge

I am begging them. They need to compromise.” — Jill Young, program chief of outpatient services for Family & Children’s Services
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‘Unprecedented’: Mental health advocates, state leaders prepare for the worst as mental health cuts loom

For Family & Children's Services, the cuts would be "catastrophic." The organization provides treatment for almost 18,000 adults with serious mental illness and 4,200 children with behavioral disorders health every year.
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Oklahoma rehab work camps were about to be regulated. Then a friend stepped in

“He said, ‘Look, I have a couple of them in my area. Would you mind exempting them?’ ” recalled Republican Rep. Dale Derby, who sponsored the bill. “I wasn’t aware that he was on the board. I wouldn’t have done it.”
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After losing Medicaid contract, Shadow Mountain had fewer patients in its care

The new report found facility deficiencies only at a "standard" level, which are typically considered to be minor. This means the Health Department now recognizes the facility to be in compliance with agency standards. Whether the report’s findings will affect the facility's prospects of getting its Medicaid contract back is unclear.
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