Eskimo Joe's of Stillwater plans to open seven temporary Joe's
Clothes locations for the holidays.
The first of the seven holiday stores will open today at Quail
Springs Mall. The other temporary stores will open Oct. 22 at
Crossroads Mall and Shawnee Mall in Shawnee; Oct. 29 at Arrowhead
Mall in Muskogee and Mountain View Mall in Ardmore; Nov. 1 at
Eastland Mall in Tulsa; and Nov. 5 at Oakwood Mall in Enid.
Joe's Clothes has its popular Eskimo Joe's clothing available
year-round locations at its headquarters in Stillwater, Penn Square
Mall in Oklahoma City and at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa.
Oklahoma will receive almost $15,000 for its participation in a
multi-state settlement with Walgreen Co., Attorney Gen. Drew
Edmondson said on Thursday.
Walgreen agreed to pay $7.6 million to settle allegations that
the company submitted false claims to federal and state health care
programs. Oklahoma will receive $14,820. The states alleged that,
between June 1986 and September 1996, Walgreen billed federal and
state health care programs for quantities of medication that
exceeded the amounts actually given to customers.
The terms of the agreement include a corporate integrity
agreement in which Walgreen agreed to modify its pharmacy billing
practices to ensure compliance with Medicare and Medicaid rules and
regulations, as well as other applicable laws. The agreement will be
administered by the federal Department of Health and Human Services'
Office of Inspector General.
"We alleged that, for about 10 years, Walgreen gave customers
partial prescriptions but billed health care programs for full
prescriptions," Edmondson said. "I am pleased with the financial
recovery but more important is the integrity agreement that should
keep this problem from recurring."
Oklahoma's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was joined in the
settlement by Medicaid programs from 24 other states and Puerto
Rico. Walgreen is a Deerfield, Ill.-based retail pharmacy chain
operating more than 2,750 stores in 37 states and Puerto Rico.
Setting an example
In the matter of efficient letterheads, one of the best press
release cover sheets in use locally comes from the Oklahoma City
Chapter of the International Association of Administrative
Professionals. In a concise list running down the right side of the
page, the organization details the address, phone and fax numbers
for all seven of its top officers. Noticeably absent are e-mail
addresses, but the organization does provide its own Web address,
along with its phone number.
Four living persons and four from the past have been named
Pathmakers of Oklahoma County by the Oklahoma City/County Historical
Society. They will be honored at an annual awards luncheon of the
Society at noon Tuesday at Applewoods Restaurant.
The eight will be recognized permanently, along with previous
Pathmakers, on a plaque to be installed in the society's display
area in the new Oklahoma Historical Society Museum on which
construction will begin next year.
Living people to receive the Pathmaker recognition are John
Keating, Pat Potts, Dr. G. A. Finley and Garman O. Kimmell.
Pathmakers from the past are the late James G. Harlow Jr., former
Gov. William J. Holloway, L.A. Macklanburg and R. Whit Lee. The
society's Distinguished Service Award for historical preservation
will be presented to Warren Edwards.
The luncheon is open to the public with reservations priced at
$20 per person. Inquiries may be made to Pendleton Woods, 524-9676.
Keating is founder and chief executive officer of the Topographic
Co., which provides surveying and mapping services to the petroleum
industry. He also is active in civic activities such as higher
education and the Salvation Army.
Potts is founder and president of the Center for Non-Profit
Management. She is former president of the Oklahoma City Board of
Education and Oklahoma City Beautiful. …