Documentation & Reporting

For many years, we have been stating on this blog that one of the greatest sources of our healthcare crisis is Medicare Fraud. A recent article in The New York Times details the recent increase in this disturbing trend of for profit nursing homes not only over-billing Medicare, but actually altering the treatment of innocent residents – solely to increase their profit.
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A nurse in Florida has been fired several times for the falsification of records and poor work performance, and yet was hired again to work with children at a hospital in St. Petersburg. Over the past 10 years, Bernard Moran was employed by Mease Countryside Hospital and Helen Ellis Memorial. Moran was fired from Mease after he faked his time sheets and collected $118,000 at the expense of the residents and the facility.
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I recently found a USA Today article that details how nurses can move from state to state and keep working in spite of incompetence and criminal activity. There is a compact among 24 states whereby a license obtained in a nurse’s home state allows access to work in the other compact states. But an investigation conducted by, ProPublica, the non-profit news organization, found that the pact also has allowed nurses with records of misconduct to put patients in jeopardy.
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David R. Cohen, Chair of Stark & Stark’s Nursing Home Litigation Group, authored the article,
Decubitus Ulcers: An Update on Staging and The Impact of Never Events on Hospital Litigation, for the June 21, 2010 edition of the New Jersey Law Journal.
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According to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, the state agencies responsible for assessing whether or not nursing homes are compliant with quality standards continue to miss serious deficiencies in homes throughout the country. The report released by Senators Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) and Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin) brings to light a major disparity between the reports conducted by federal investigators and state examiners.
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