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  • "Who Will Care For Them?"

    An eight-month investigation into Ohio's troubled nursing home sector culminated in this four-part series, which exposes the industry's poor standards, often overlooked by lax regulation. The series explores the breadth of elderly care options in the state, and offers a look at conditions in the state of Oregon for comparison.
  • 1992 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape

    The 1992 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape is a compilation of 5 investigative stories. 1.) "Food Lion," Prime Time Live, ABC News researches the Food Lion grocery store chain and finds that employees of the store are put under pressure to meet profit quotas, which caused them to put out spoiled food with new expiration dates. Including Food Lion fighting back and ABC apologizing for confusion. See # 9392. 2.) "To Prove Them Innocent," ABC News 20/20 (New York) reports on three men who were convicted of rape in a small town in Pennsylvania, where the local people fought for three years to gain their release and prove their innocence. An investigation finds that on the night in question the men were 50 miles from where the rape occurred, and could not have committed the crime. See # 9398. 3.) "Abuse For Sale," WCCO, Minneapolis documents the explosion of the home-made pornography industry, made possible by the increase in popularity of home video cameras and VCRs. An investigation finds that home-made child pornography is sold through national distributors and at adult video stores across the country. See # 9068. 4.) "Cops and Robbers," WMAQ, Chicago finds that the Chicago Police Department violates its own rules by hiring people with criminal records. Of those officers with criminal records, the ones with battery convictions are also the officers most criticized for police brutality. See # 9221. 5.) "Carol Mosely Braun," WMAQ, Chicago breaks the case of Carol Mosely Braun and the mishandling of a large sum of money given to her mother. Braun allegedly attempted to hide the money so that her mother's Medicaid care would not be cut. See # 9222.
  • 1995 IRE TV Award Winners and FinalistsTape

    The 1995 IRE TV Award Winners and FinalistsTape is a compilation of 5 investigative stories. 1.) "No Place Like Home," Prime Time Live, ABC News. Hidden cameras captured problems with in-home care including poor supervision, verbal and physical abuse, caretakers watching over far too many children and, ultimately, state inspectors who failed to act. See # 12920. 2.) "The Worst Nightmare," 60 Minutes, CBS News. Real evidence that Russian organized crime in conjunction with at least one senior official of the Yelstin government, had moved into the potentially lucrative area of nuclear smuggling. See # 12836. 3.) "Marks Travels" KCTV, Kansas City, MO. A highly paid school superintendent, who supposedly had a chronic back problem, took a lenghty medical leave. He was caught lugging furniture into his new home in Florida and questioned about his district spending habits. See # 12830. 4.) "Last Rights," WSMV, Nashville. For the last two decades, the University of Tennessee has been using dead bodies in experiments on human decay, without the knowledge of family members. The practice was suspended immediately after the report. See # 12756. 5.) "Guardian's Grasp." WXYZ, Detroit. A guardianship company exploited the elderly it was supposed to protect. Among other things, it sold a client's home for $500 to the mother of an employee, frauded Medicare and overcharged on accounting fees. See # 12805.
  • Seeing Red

    The St. Louis Riverfront Times reports how "after years of taking it on the chin, Bob Goeggel (owner of the largest private, for-profit ambulance company in St. Louis) struck back at his competitor. Thanks to his accusations of fraud, the state's largest ambulance company is on the operating table and the feds are doing the cutting. Thanks to a whistle-blower lawsuit Goeggel filed in late 1996, the federal government has just accused Abbott ... and its former chief executive officer, Terrence W. Dougherty, of systematically looting the Medicare program."
  • HME supplier accuses RoTech pharmacy subsidiary of stealing patients

    Home medical equipment suppliers are a querulous group. As small, mostly independent dealers they're suspicious -- some would say paranoid -- about unfair practices from national competitors and even manufacturing companies with which they have relationships. So when a group of HME suppliers complained to Home Health Line that they were being swindled in the wake of a Medicare regulatory charge, the response was: prove it. And boy, did they.
  • Special Report: Nursing Homes.

    Unheeded cries fro help. Problems at Florida home reveal gapping holes in legal safety net. Despite deficient-care claims, center stayed open. Who will pay for Medicare funding cuts to elderly? Lawyers step in to fight for residents' rights. Nursing homes face financial and legal challenges.
  • Out at Home

    Changes in payment rules decimate home health care.
  • Did she need to die?

    KOMO-TV sheds light on the dark secret of the medical community: conscious sedation and how often it goes wrong. The investigation finds that one of Seattle's premier hospitals was violating its own, as well as federal, rules.
  • The new face of Medicare

    U.S. News and World Report documents how arch-criminals, including veterans of the drug trade, took advantage of Medicare's lax oversight and internal controls to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from federal and state medical programs each year.
  • Medicare: New choices, new worries

    This fall, Medicare, the social-insurance program that finances health care for some 39 million seniors and disabled Americans, will undergo sweeping changes. Consumer Reports looks at the effects of these changes, the most far reaching in Medicare's 33-year history. Includes a rating of more than 200 HMO plans offering Medicare benefits.