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  • Hospital Freeloader

    Our investigation started with a tip from an insider at an Ohio State University Hospital. Here’s what we uncovered: A homeless immigrant with an expired Green Card, and violent criminal past, making that hospital room his home for more than two years and counting. Our investigation learned Francis Kirton received kidney dialysis a few times a week. It’s an expensive out-patient procedure. We wanted to know why Kirton was allowed to literally live at the hospital, who picked up the tab, and why an immigrant with expired papers hasn’t been deported. Also, we wanted to know if there were other Francis Kirtons keeping house at Ohio hospitals. Getting answers to those questions was difficult. What we discovered was mind-boggling.
  • Daily Beast: The Apple ‘Kill List’: What Your iPhone Doesn’t Want You to Type

    "Spell ‘electrodialysis’ wrong in a text, and Apple will correct you. Miss ‘abortion’ by one letter? You’re on your own. A Daily Beast investigation into your iPhone's hidden taboos." We investigated iPhone's spellcheck algorithm writing a series of scripts and iOS programs to mimic spellcheck hundreds of thousands of words and up to 14 different types of misspellings of those words. We found a list containing politically sensitive words that the iOS software will not accurately correct, even for slight misspellings.
  • Dialysis: High Costs and Hidden Perils

    The series examines the country's poor system of dialysis care that supports almost 400,000 Americans. One in four patients will die within 12 months of starting dialysis treatment in the U.S. The reporter shows how patients are often treated in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, exposing them to hepatitis and other diseases.
  • Failure to Inform

    “Doctors at dialysis clinics have failed to inform thousands of patients about kidney transplantation, an oversight that could shorten their lives and cost taxpayers millions of dollars a year”. Many patients start dialysis without hearing the benefits of a kidney transplant. The benefits being about 10 years put on your life and saving the federal Medicare program “thousands of dollars a patient”. This series uncovered money plays a large role when prescribing patients on dialysis rather than getting a transplant.
  • Death, Neglect and the Bottom Line

    Jacqueline Reich died after health care workers in a Nevada jail failed to treat her diabetes. Lorenzo Ingram Sr. was one of four Alabama prisoners to die after technicians put the wrong chemical in their kidney dialysis machine. Henry Simmons Jr. died of a heart attack in a Virginia prison when a doctor's orders for tests was ignored. Correctional Medical Services Inc. of St. Louis hope no one would ever hear how they died.
  • Bloodlines

    A family claimed their mother died as a result of hospital negligence. Various records and reports show that family's claims matched what was recorded. A state investigation found the mother and other patients suffered from substandard care. There were attempts to cover-up the death.
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    A Virginian-Pilot investigation found that untrained technicians at the Greenville Correctional Center dialysis unit has led to at least eight patients dying during an 11 - month period--a fatality rate of about 40 percent. The annual death rate for such patients outside of prison is 12 to 20 percent. Families and friends of the inmates who died tell horror stories about medical indifference, incompetence and neglect.
  • "A DEATH IN THE DIALYSIS UNIT" TUCSON VA HOSPITAL INVESTIGATION

    KGUN-TV (Tucson) looks into allegations of mismanagement at Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital's dialysis unit, where one patient died and others became ill, possibly from contaminated water in the system, 1987.
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    News-Star-World (Monroe, La.) investigation into an accidental death at E.S. Conway Memorial Hospital reveals numerous hospital problems, including malfunctioning water filters in the dialysis unit that caused 15 deaths, 10 - hour waits at the emergency room and more, all primarily due to the building and the budget, May 1982.
  • Federal Kidney Program

    Philadelphia Inquirer reveals dialysis patients who rely on the federal government's kidney program are being subjected to unclean conditions and low quality care, which have resulted in the patients contracting infections and illnesses; finds these poor and jobless patients are afraid to speak out; looks through thousands of pages of government documents that detail financial irregularities in some for-profit clinics, as well as questionable medial practices in all clinics; shows the government knew of the problems but took no action.