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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 10

Des Moines, Iowa
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Friday, July 25, 1969
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a news NEW DENTAL REVIEW PLAN By Jerry Swimski The president of the Iowa Dental Association said Thursday a district "peer review" system will be set up to chock Mcdicaid pay- -ments to Iowa dentists, but he admitted the a s s o c i a t ion can't perform thorough polic-| ing. D r. Robert Glenn of Burlington flew to Des Moines and conference: "The Dental Association has very little or no power legally: We can't walk into a doctor's office and say, 'Let me see your records.' " Dr. Glenn said "perhaps" peer review of Medicaid payments should be left to the State Board of Dental Examiners, which licenses dentists. "Perhaps because they have power to inflict punish* mcnt for violations of the law, they should be the ones to conduct peer review," he said. Dr. Glenn said he canceled his Thursday afternoon appointments and chartered a flight to DCS Moines because he was "disturbed by press reports" concerning a weekend peer review performed by an associ- ntion committee on the bills of 17 dentists. Thirteen of the dentists were What Do You Think? Question: What would have been your first response or thought if you had been the first person on the moon? (Answer! obMlntrf »t Mirty's DUc-A-Go-Go, Dei Molnts) Jackie Johnson, Des Moines: "I would have Andrea Rice, Des Monos: "I'd love to go to said: where are the men? 1 But I'd also wonder what I was going to find: would it be a monster or a new form of life? I'd like to be the first Eve of the moon, like Eve in the Bible. I'd also think, 'I'm free.' There would be no people so I could say and do as I want. I think I would kind of like it up there along with nobody to tell me what to do. I don't think it would bother me too much to be up there alone if I knew that I could stay alive." Donna Alger, Des Moines: "I really haven't given it much thought: I'm a down-to-earth person. I don't want to live on the moon. But/i suppose I would hive said, 'Gee Whiz,/what a wild place to/go on vacation to bt away from everybody." But I'll leave'Che rest of the job to/tfie scientists. I'm too much of a realist. Maybe when a lot of people start going to the moon, I'll start getting JACKIE JOHNSON Pastor, TV Cameraman In Scuffle By William Slmbr^ (Register Staff WrJ)«?) CEDAR RAPIDSi I A. - A the Moon. I'd like to go and see how prettyjt p r o m i n e n>-"clergyman here was and wfsfi everybody" had a chance to go see what it was like. What a beautiful place, it must be, with nobody around to set all sorts of rules for you. If I would be up there all by myself and there would be no hope of bringing me back down to Earth, and if I could live, I would stay with no qualms about it whatsoever. There' just wouldn't be any* hang- ups. You'd b€'free in the most realistic meaning of the.-word." Leslte Carroll, Des Moines: 'II guess I would ALEXANDER OEOR6C ANDREA RICE Lesji ay/' interested about it. in thinking Until then, say/ 'Gee, I am the first person on the Moon.' I'd be overwhelmed. First thing I'd do would be to see what's around. I think I'd probably find a lot of rock and a little green cheese. I'd want to come back though; I'd be lonely up there alone. But, if possible, I'd like to live on the moon. I think it would be great to be the first Eve of the Moon. It would be just like starting a whole world of grandchildren get old, I'll be content your own without all the clutter of today's life •(?. on Earth." an Earth." interviewed personally, sent in samples of records. In all cases, the on Four"! j*. i \-y i: their infor- here, on Earth. mation the reviewers had was that supplied by/the dentists, selected for review because each receivea $12.000 or more from Medicaid business in 1968. Dr. jBfenn conceded some dentists in question, all practicing in or near "ghettos" of v'u-ge Iowa cities, may have se- 1 low bills to show the five-man review committee. "If I were up for review," he said, "I would bring in claim forms to show me off in a favorable light." He said the review was done by the association's Council on Dental Care Programs, headed by-Dr. A. G. Kegler of Independence. Other members are Dr. James C. Brandes, Cedar Rapids; Dr. V. S. Hinds, Sioux City; Dr. Hubert D. Foglasong, Keokuk, and Dr. John Goodrich, Des Moines, the State Health Department's full-time dental consultant. Dr. Glenn said- he and other association officers also participated. The weekend "peer review" was conducted by a state committee. Dr. Glenn said that under the new review system the state will be divided into 10 districts. Dr. Glenn said records and interviews in the weekend review satisfied the committee in some cases but that "in several instances we felt the informa- overhead, tion furnished to us was not sufficient for us to m&ke a judgment." ' In the cases where information was insufficient; he said, the committee has asked the Department of Social Services to furnish "a representative, random sampling" of the den- tists'Medicaid billings. ,. i Dr. Glenn repeated earlier j assurances that "no evidence j of fraud was found." I Iowa-Medical Society officials | say their peer reviews ofj M.D.'s will be stiffer than those ' of the dentists, possibly entailing "a complete review of Medicaid records in a doctor's office." Gov., Robert Ray said Thursday the Department of Social Services should police the Medicaid program and not depend entirely on peer 'reviews by professional groups such as the Dental Association and Medical Society. The governor, however, cautioned against "indicting" professional Medicaid vendors who may have done an honest job. Payment Records Mcdicaid payments have been the center of controversy since the Department of Social Services supplied payment records to professional groups but not to the state auditor or the public.' The department head, Maurice Harmon, said Tuesday payment lists will be made public when the information is put in "complete and accurate" form. Dr. Glenn's statements in the press conference and an interview with The Register conflicted somewhat with a prepared statemen that pledged; "complete and exhaustive" re- j views covering several factors "and, when indicated, an actual examination of patients to establish services billed were pro- vtfed." The statement said "all but an extremely small number" of Iowa dentists follow a "mode of practice . . . above criticism." "Worked Close>y" The statement said since Medicaid began in mid-1967 the association has "worked closely with the Department of Social Services to provide assurance that problems involving over- utilization, excessive services, and provision of expensive procedures which were not warranted were promptly c o r- rected." Expressing concern "for the image of dentistry in Iowa," Dr. Glenn said "many dentists Picnic Tables in Flood Still City's (Th* Register's lows News Service) WATERLOO, IA. - The Waterloo Park Board has warned residents downriver from War terloo that they can't keep any city picnic tables they may have found after the tables floated away in recent high wa- are now refusing to treat Med- ter. icaid patients." He said in Dav-| The park board said that the enport, for instance, only five state salvage law doesn't apply dentists take them. to the tables because each "I am afraid that more dentists will take this position as more publicity comes out about the Medicaid program," he said. 'Go'for Apollo 12 Blastoff: Nov. 14 HOUSTON, TEX. -(AP) The Apollo 12 astronauts received their flying orders Thursday: Blast off Nov. 14 for the moon's Ocean of Storms. Lt. Gen. Samuel Phillips, Apollo program director, reported he signed the instructions shortly before the Apollo 11 astronauts ended man's first visit to the moon with splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. An all-Navy crew will fly Apollo 12: Cmdrs. Charles Conrad and Richard Gordon and Lt. Cmdr. Alan L. Bean. Conrad and Bean are to land on the moon while Gordon orbits table has the letters WPB (Waterloo Park Board) stamped on them to show ownership. Park officials said that 10 of the 100 lost tables have been returned. Officials added that replacing the tables would cost $70 each and a charge of larceny can be filed against a person keeping a table. TREE SAVERS MOSCOW, RUSSIA (AP) Moscow has a special commission to take care of its ancient trees, some of which date back to the founding of this 800-year- old city by Prince Yuri Dolgo- ruki, the Soviet news agency Tass reports. EASY COME, EASY GO KINGSTOWN, B.W.I. (AP) More than 14,000 tourists spent more than $4 million on St. Vincent Island during the first half of 1969. fought "with•'a television news cam t\t'& man, damaged the n ' s equip- e n t and chased him down a flight of stairs in the Linn County Courthouse after the Thursday sentencing of the clergyman's choir director for his part in a major abortion ring. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alexander George, a husky 200-pound- er in his mid-thirties who is pastor of St. John's Eastern Orthodox Church here, engaged in the scuffle with Gordon Ritzman, 40, a 5-foot, 7-inch, 145- pound cameraman for KCRG television. The scuffle took place outside t h e s e c o n d-floor courtroom where Joseph George Abodeely, 38, former operator of the Tender Trap nightclub here, had been sentenced to five years in prison for his admitted part in an abortion ring in this area. Ritzman recounted this sequence of events: "I was taking film of Joe (Abodeely) when his mother started screaming. The Reverend (Monsignor George) then came around the corner. Concern For Family "He said to me 'Don't you have any respect for this family?' Then he said, 'Don't you know who I am?' "Then he grabbed me by the throat and thretf' rie down, t don't know JT anyone else took part. /*' "He ordered me out of tl»e coirfthonse, screamed at me /find followed me down the stairs still screaming." Ritzman said someone' tossed a $300 portable light apparatus over the railing and it crashed to the floor below. A KCRG official said the $1,200 television camera Ritzman was holding was severely damaged. After the incident, Monsignor George said, "I lost my head." He said he had tried to reach 3d Lasko, general manager of KCRG, to apologize and to otter to pay for the equipment. Monslgnor's Story The Monsignor's story differed From Ritzman's in describing events leading up to the fray. "Joe was still in the court- •oom with his family. He (Ritzman) kept taking pictures of me. I asked him why he was doing that. I told him I wasn't Joe Abodeely. He just told me, never mind'. "I lost my head and tried to grab his camera. The light went over the railing. I laid him down on the floor. I didn't throw him down." Several courthouse officials and employes said they saw the incident. Ritzman said he took no film of the clergyman until after the altercation. MM* UM 9tttt It frfftt the tfonvicted abortionist, Merle Jess Meyers, is serving a five-year term. Donald Ray &MM«fMtR*9j U Jotf a* " Geater, who pleaded guilty iMt fall to his part in the rug, awaits sentencing. _____ KCRG decision employes regarding said any filing of FAMM DRINK charges against the clergyman would be announced by Lasko who was out of the office. Monsignor George testified in Abodeely's behalf during the two-day pre-sentence hearing after the musician and nightclub operator pleaded guilty. The clergyman had also testified to Abodeely's regular church attendance and faithful performance as choir direc* tor. Judge Harold Vletor Im- PICK ONE UP TODAY! Gallon DAD'S ROOT BEER UNBEATABLE TASTE NO DEPOSIT • NO RETURN FOODS Instant energy Sugar puts the fun in fitness Tlieworlcfe is FITNESS IS FUN! THROW YOUR WEIGHT AROUND. PL4/ITAWAY! A half hour of active play a day can take off—and keep off—as much as 26 pounds a year. 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