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More law firms use alternative fee arrangements

A couple of years ago, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, one of Maryland’s largest law firms, decided to offer clients alternatives to paying their bills by the hour. Since then, business is up, their attorneys are busier and officials with the Baltimore-based, general practice law firm are convinced they made the right decision.

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Prosecutors: Fraud by diagnostic services’ CEO led to patients’ deaths

The owner of Alpha Diagnostics, already facing charges for running a scheme to defraud Medicare, now faces life in prison after four patients died because their X-rays were not reviewed by a qualified radiologist, federal prosecutors announced Friday. A superseding indictment against Rafael Chikvashvili, 67, of Baltimore, alleges the X-rays were instead reviewed by employees of the mobile diagnostic services company who failed to detect "congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and a large pelvic mass revealed in the images."

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