- The Washington Times - Monday, July 30, 2007


Hit-and-run kills woman, 84

An 84-year-old woman was found dead early yesterday after an apparent hit-and-run accident near the assisted living center where she lived on the 5400 block of Connecticut Avenue Northwest, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Mary Gaegler was struck about 5:20 a.m. behind the Chevy Chase House. Investigators had no suspects as of last night, a police spokesman said.

Doctor sent to prison over Medicare scam

A prominent eye surgeon was sentenced to 18 months in prison and must pay more than $1 million in restitution after he pleaded guilty to bilking Medicare and other health insurers.

Prosecutors said Dr. Douglas Greer, 67, billed for services that were unnecessary or never provided.

Before his sentencing in federal court in the District last week, he also admitted funneling corporate funds to pay salaries to his children and housekeeper.

On a related felony tax charge, Greer admitted taking charitable deductions for contributions he used to partly pay for family vacations in the Cayman Islands.

St. Elizabeths accredited again

St. Elizabeths Hospital won back full accreditation for its clinical psychology internship program after two years on probationary status.

The city-run psychiatric institution showed it met “nationally endorsed standards in the profession of psychology,” according to the decision by the American Psychological Association.

Hospital officials said regaining accreditation was one of their major reform goals for St. Elizabeths, which was criticized for staffing shortages and failing patient care in recent years.

“National accreditation restores confidence in the strength of St. Elizabeths’ training program,” said hospital Chief Executive Officer Patrick Canavan.


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