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  • Transplant Patients at Risk

    Hundreds of people's lives were put in danger because of how Kaiser Permanente mishandled paper work after opening a kidney transplant center in San Francisco in 2004.
  • Omnicare

    A lawsuit has targeted Omnicare, the "nation's largest supplier of drugs to senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities." Spurred by the whistle-blower's tip, the CBS Evening News investigates the lawsuit, which alleges that Omnicare CEO Joel Gemunder conspired to defraud Medicaid.
  • Money Machines

    Open Advanced MRI may be operating illegally in Oregon because of the way it engages in practices. Each doctor that refers a patient to have an MRI will receive $500 from OAMRI, and also receive money for other scans as well.
  • Charity for Disabled Fraud

    Billions of dollars are spent by the government each year in Medicaid subsidies to help people with severe disabilites to get jobs. Unfortunately there is no meaning to the jobs, and the government doesn't check on how poorly the money spent is working.
  • Program Disorder

    The New York Times exposed massive fraud, waste and poor oversight in New York State's Medicaid program. Individual doctors bilked the program millions of dollars, and the state allowed costs to explode to a point that forced cuts in services and shifting of costs to county governments. One doctor was prosecuted as a result of the story. The program was also so byzantine that eligible recipients were kicked off for minor paperwork errors.
  • A Death in McAllen

    This investigation by the Texas Observer looks into nursing home abuse and state legislation protecting owners from non-economic damages in civil suits. What they found was a 2003 Texas law placed a $250,000 cap on damages, heavily lobbied by nursing home companies, directly affected the number of nursing home inspections and leaves little punishment for nursing homes who abuse, or even kill, their patients. The story also tells the tale of Noe Martinez Jr., a patient who died in McAllen Nursing Center due to gross negligence in July 2004. The state only fined the center $1,300 for his death. Because caring for Medicaid patients like Martinez costs nursing homes up to $1,800 per year, the center more than likely saved money because of his death.
  • Turmoil at UMDNJ

    This extensive nine-month investigation into the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey first began with a "mysterious check made out to a dead man." What resulted were more than 70 stories uncovering years of corruption, political patronage, conflicts of interest, millions of dollars in no-bid contracts and bonuses for administrators and more. At the end of the investigation into UMDNJ, the U.S. Attorney ordered a federal monitor to take over--the first time ever that a state university had to be taken over by the federal government.
  • Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters are Contaminating America's Drug Supply

    Eban writes about how medicine available from seemingly trustworthy sources like pharmacies and hospitals is sometimes not safe. The book shows how stolen, expired, mishandled or adulterated medicine cans still make their way into pharmacies and hospitals because they are passed through several other companies who buy and sell to one another. These companies sometimes have ties to drug traffickers and organized crime.
  • The Pain Train

    This investigation explores the abuse of prescription drugs paid for by taxpayers. Specifically, it found that people enrolled in TennCare (the state's version of Medicaid) would get free narcotics which they could then turn around and sell to addicts on the street. Not only do the taxpayers cover the initial expense of the drugs, but they also pay for the people who die from or overdose on prescription drugs.
  • Kids, Antidepressants, and Money

    This series uncovered how Texas was medicating foster children with powerful and sometimes dangerous psychotropic drugs. In many cases, these drugs were not necessary and over-prescribed. The children were being systematically medicated due to the mandated use of a program that was designed by "expert consultants" who were also paid consultants for the pharmaceutical industry.