Business briefs: Blake gets top grade for patient safety

July 11, 2014 

Blake gets top grade for patient safety

BRADENTON -- Blake Medical Center received a top grade on a hospital safety score.

The hospital got an A on its Hospital Safety score for the spring of 2014.

The Hospital Safety score is designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. It is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog.

The score is designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A", "B", "C", "D", or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general hospitals in the United States were assigned scores in the Spring of 2014, with 32% receiving an "A" grade.

Remington to replace triggers on some rifles

ST. LOUIS -- The gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. will replace trigger mechanisms on Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles, or provide economic relief for purchasers, as part of a settlement of class-action lawsuits.

Remington announced the agreement Thursday.

Suits filed in Missouri and Washington state claimed the rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death. They are among several suits filed against the gun maker over the years. Remington has sold more than 5 million of the rifles since 1948.

Remington Arms says in a statement that it agreed to the settlements even though the company denies the plaintiffs' allegations of economic loss. The company declined further comment and did not provide details of how the trigger mechanisms will be replaced.

Ace Cash Express settles debt collection claims

WASHINGTON -- Ace Cash Express Inc. has agreed to pay $10 million in a settlement with federal regulators who accused the payday lender of illegally harassing borrowers to collect debts and get them to take out additional loans.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the agreement with Ace, one of the biggest payday lenders in the U.S. The company will pay a $5 million fine and return $5 million to affected customers.

The CFPB said Thursday it was its first action against a payday lender for forcing consumers into a cycle of debt.

Ace, based in Irving, Texas, didn't admit wrongdoing in the settlement. The company said in a statement it has cut ties with the outside collection agency which the regulators had expressed concerns about.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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