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Saturday, April 28, 2007

NEW MADRID - Christa Tucker, accounting manager for SEMO Health Network, recently successfully completed the Medical Compliance Specialist-

Physician (MCS-P) test.

There are very few in Missouri with this certification, officials with SEMO Health Network said. A MCS-P is trained in all of the Federal and State laws that affect the health care field.

Some of the elements are: coding and billing and implementing and maintaining a compliance program. Some of the laws are: Medicare Modernization Act, OSHA, CLIA, NCQA Guidelines, Gainsharing, Anti-Kickback Statue, Safe Harbors, Stark I & II, False Claims Act, Balance Budget Act, HIPPA, Corporate Integrity Agreements and others.

Cape Girardeau law firm changing

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI - The law firm of Limbaugh, Russell, Payne and Howard announces that, effective immediately, the name of the firm has been changed to "The Limbaugh Firm, Attorneys at Law" and that the move of its office to the Regions Bank building at 407 North Kingshighway, Suite 400, Cape Girardeau, is complete.

In addition, effective January 1, 2007, two new principals have become shareholders in the firm, Joe T. Buerkle and Patricia L. Ray.

Buerkle has practiced for over 30 years in Cape Girardeau County and joined the firm June 1, 2006. He practices primarily in commercial transactions, estate planning, probate and trusts, real estate and business entities.

Ray has been a member of the firm since 1998, practicing in the areas of health law, employment and corporate law. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1972 and has developed special expertise with respect to regulatory compliance and HIPAA.

The Limbaugh Firm was established in 1916 by Rush H. Limbaugh, Sr. It is among the oldest law firms in Southeast Missouri.

Other attorneys practicing in the firm are Eric E. Bohl, Nancy L. Browne, Robyn H. Edwards, John W. Grimm, John D. Harding, Diane C. Howard, R. Michael Howard, Jeffrey J. Koch, David S. Limbaugh, J. Michael Payne and Edwin Dean White, III.

The firm's web site is found at www.limbaughlaw.com.

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Justin M. Pobst as a new account executive at the Cape Girardeau office of W.E. Walker-Lakenan. Pobst will be writing all lines of insurance, with a focus on commercial and personal property casualty lines.

Pobst, his wife, Merideth, and their daughter, Lydia Grace, reside in Jackson.

W.E. Walker-Lakenan currently has three locations: Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Benton. Pobst is located at 117 S. Broadview in Cape Girardeau. The agency's telephone number is 573-335-3307.

SIKESTON - Two Sikeston employees were honored recently by the City Council.

Code Enforcement Officer Collin Cecil recently received a plaque and cash award from Mayor Mike Marshall after being named Employee of the Second Quarter.

Cecil recently accepted the challenge of being the senior member of his department, serving as a mentor to junior members of the code office, according to Marshall, and is "a valuable member of the code enforcement team doing his part to make this community both safe and more attractive."

Also Marshall, presented Sikeston Department of Public Safety Officer Greg Foote with a plaque and cash award recognizing him as the Sikeston DPS Employee of the Second Quarter.

Marshall said Foote was instrumental in felon arrests for burglaries of the Cape Girardeau Medicap Pharmacy and Sikeston's Gas and Goodies due to his initiative and aggressive police work. Foote routinely uses good judgment and courtesy when dealing with the public and goes above and beyond the standard to assist citizens and his fellow officers, according to Marshall.