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Resource ID: #17263
Subject: Health Care
Source: World (Tulsa, Okla.)
Date: 2000-09-21



Tulsa World investigated multiple shortcomings in the health care of dying people, provided by Trinity Hospice. The company, which operates in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, has been accused of limiting medical care as a way to increase profits. In the words of one of the main sources cited in the story, "Trinity's patient care coordinators were supposed to keep costs down to $50 per day. Meanwhile the hospice was billing Medicare $90 per day..." The reporters revealed that this for-profit hospice, paid by the government, had "often failed to follow physicians' orders, allowed bed sores to worsen and failed to provide a variety of services." The story listed specific examples of discrepancies between what Medicare required and what regulators found at Trinity operations. These revealed missing criminal history checks in eight of ten personnel files, as well as failures to provide medicines for dying patients and to update plans of care.

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