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  • Trinity Hospice investigation

    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.
  • Rigged for Disaster

    The Post-Gazette series "uncovered dangerous flaws in medical certification process for commerical truck and bus drivers that allows seriously ill drivers to get behind the wheel." Unfit truck and bus drivers can go from doctor to doctor until they are approved because of the lack to report failed physicals. However, "physicians report that trucking companies will pressure them to pass their drivers- or risk losing their business."
  • Condition Critical: Code of Silence

    WTLV TV-12 "examined the code of silence among doctors, exposed examples of the medical risks it poses to patients and ultimately showed the economic downside for physicians whenever they break that code of silence. ... in one case.. Jacksonville's largest provider of cardiovascular services, St. Vincent's Medical Center, allowed its Chief of Cardiac Surgery to operate on patients despite a severe drinking problem spanning more than a decade ... a drinking problem widely known to the hospital's administration and medical staff.... Our series of investigative reports uncovered a pattern of unchecked power, corruption, cover-up, criminal conduct... even death in the O-R."
  • Outbreak

    The San Francisco Examiner reports that "more than 150 patients - perhaps many more - suffered debilitating infections that were later linked in public records to their physicians' use of ordinary medical sutures allegedly contaminated with infectious bacteria." The Examiner found "... alleged negligence on the part of a surgical manufacturer and inaction by federal regulators responsible for ensuring the safety of medical products."
  • The New Medicine

    This series investigates hundreds of cosmetic surgeons who have histories of little training, several medical malpractice suits, criminal convictions, etc. The newspaper analyzed computer data and found several thousand Florida doctors practicing without medical malpractice insurance.
  • Smoking out the tobacco doctors

    Physicians in 23 states, well aware of the dangers of smoking, control production of enough tobacco to make 193 million packs of cigarettes a year.
  • Do or Die: Transplant patients ply an illicit market for vital medicines

    The Wall Street Journal reports on an underground network of organ transplant recipients who deal costly transplant drugs. Drugs are often donated by the families of deceased transplant recipients and physicians or other employees of hospital transplant centers. The vital medications are then given to transplant recipients who can't afford to fill their prescriptions.
  • Fatal Deliveries

    KSTP-TV's story found that one out of every one hundred women who have a vaginal birth after cesarean rupture their uterus during delivery. The birth usually results in a fatal delivery. Most women aren't aware it can happen, but insurance companies are. Physicians tell the authors some insurance companies strongly recommend, sometimes even threaten, doctors to perform VBACs. They are less costly. The research also found that there is a great deal of under reporting done on this topic in the medical community.
  • Medical Secrets

    News 12 Long Island revealed the "medical secrets" of dangerous doctors - information kept from the public by New York State authorities. The report examined a system that often protects problem physicians at the expense of unsuspecting patients.
  • Bitter Pills; Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs

    Bitter Pills is a five-year investigation of the entire pharmaceutical-industrial complex, focusing on issues of international drug safety while exposing the inner workings of the Food & Drug Administration, the pharmaceutical industry, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, consumer advocates and the medical press.