Despite malpractice charges, Florida lets doctors keep treating patients

A South Florida Sun Sentinel investigation found that Florida regularly allows doctors to continue to see, treat, and operate on people for years after accusing them of endangering patients. The Sun Sentinel used more than seven years of state data and reviewed hundreds of state disciplinary cases. The investigation also found that the willingness of…

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Investigation reveals hospices abandon patients at death’s door

The hospice care that people expect — and sign up for — sometimes disappear when they need it most, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. Analysis of 20,000 government inspection records revealed that missed visits and neglect are common for patients dying at home.  Families or caregivers, shocked and angered by substandard care, have filed…

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VA conceals shoddy care and health workers’ mistakes

A months-long USA TODAY investigation found the Department of Veterans Affairs has for years concealed medical mistakes and misdeeds by staff members entrusted with the care of veterans.  Reporters obtained rare copies of signed secret settlement deals with doctors, nurses and others that included promises to hide serious mistakes — from breakdowns in supervision to…

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Young people with severe autism languish in hospitals

Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls or lash out violently at home — are…

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Georgia inmates left to suffer, deprived of treatment

The medical director at one of the most important prison healthcare facilities in Georgia is now facing allegations that she treated inmates with a callousness bordering on cruelty, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Six former healthcare workers at the prison accused her of withholding vital treatment and medication from sick or injured inmates.

When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread — to the tune Of $5 billion

Kaiser Health News reports that Medicare alone spends at least $25 billion a year treating chronic wounds. But many widely used treatments aren’t supported by credible research. The $5 billion-a-year wound care business booms while some products might prove little more effective than the proverbial snake oil. The vast majority of the studies are funded…

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The slow-motion unraveling of New Mexico’s Medicaid crackdown

Four years after New Mexico accused 15 organizations of Medicaid fraud, many are out of business despite a clean sweep of exonerations. New Mexico In Depth takes a look at the status of some of the state’s cases. Teambuilders Counseling Service closed shortly after the state accused it of fraud. After years of receiving estimates…

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How some Southern California drug rehab centers exploit addiction

The Southern California News Group recently investigated the addiction industry and found it peppered with financial abuses that bleed millions from public and private pockets, can upend neighborhoods and often fails to set addicts on a path to sobriety.  The revolving door between detox centers, treatment facilities, sober living homes and back again generates huge…

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Oregon hides thousands of cases of shoddy senior care

An investigation by the Oregonian/OregonLive found that state officials have concealed thousands of cases of poor elder care and abuse from the public. The Oregon Department of Human Services runs a website that is meant to help family members identify safe places to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other debilitating illnesses. But,…

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Oversight lags as for-profit firms take on caring for the vulnerable

An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that as the state of Georgia has begun moving residents of state psychiatric institutions into privately-run group homes and other small, community-based institutions, residents have been put at risk of injury and in some cases death.  Under the care of two of the largest for-profit companies running these…

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