Los Angeles Hospitals Accused Of Using Homeless 'Patients' In Insurance Fraud Scams

Los Angeles Hospitals Accused Of Using Homeless 'Patients' In Insurance Fraud Scams

Hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties submitted phony Medicare and Medi-Cal bills for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homeless patients—including drug addicts and the mentally ill—recruited from downtown’s Skid Row, state and federal authorities allege.

Meet The Man Who Faked Heart Attacks To Escape Dinner Bills And Cab Fares

Meet The Man Who Faked Heart Attacks To Escape Dinner Bills And Cab Fares

Police arrested Robert Farnham for “habitual criminality” and “fraud on a restaurant” after his doctor reported him for faking heart attacks to avoid paying bills. The Wisconsin resident, who has been caught pulling the same routine five times this year, most recently keeled over in Applebees to avoid paying $22.66 for a “steak, salad, mashed potatoes, a soda, a strawberry smoothie and a brownie.”

Hospitals To Patients: "How About You Put That Liposuction On Your Credit Card?"

Hospitals To Patients: "How About You Put That Liposuction On Your Credit Card?"

A Consumer Reports study finds that medical professionals are pushing high-interest lines of credit and financing options on patients. Credit agencies are even partnering with hospitals to offer branded credit cards so patients can finance elective cosmetic surgeries like liposuction and hair removal.

http://consumerist.com/2008/06/02/childrens-hospital-of-philadelphia-and/

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital Boston held on to the top spots for general pediatrics in the 2008 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals ranking. [U.S. News & World Report]

HCA: It's Hospital Policy To Shakedown Patients Before They Leave

HCA: It's Hospital Policy To Shakedown Patients Before They Leave

Among the many hospital personnel who stopped in to see my father after surgery was a “financial counselor” from the billing office, who basically started stalking him from the minute he left the intensive care unit.

University Of California Hospital Publicizes 6,000 Patient Records While Mining For Prospective Donors

University Of California Hospital Publicizes 6,000 Patient Records While Mining For Prospective Donors

The University of California’s non-profit medical center accidentally exposed 6,000 patient records as part of their continuing effort to hunt for prospective donors. The “large and very significant data breach” was caused by UCSF’s data miner, Target America, which received details on almost 40,000 patients.

Jury Says 'Up Yours' To Rectal Exam Lawsuit

Jury Says 'Up Yours' To Rectal Exam Lawsuit

Remember Brian Persaud, the Brooklyn construction worker who tried to sue a New York hospital for performing a by-the-books rectal exam on him in 2003? On Monday, a Manhattan jury tossed his lawsuit, claiming he failed to show he suffered assault and battery.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Approves Cardiac Rehab Stay Fit For A Time Traveler

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Approves Cardiac Rehab Stay Fit For A Time Traveler

In a letter dated March 27, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield informed Dona that her father was approved to stay in a cardiac rehab center through March 24. Dona’s mother began planning for her husband’s care shortly before his triple-bypass on March 15. Anthem originally approved the off-site rehab, but changed its mind on March 19, the day before Dona’s father was scheduled to be discharged. With the support of his doctors, he filed an emergency appeal so he could move to rehab the next day. The retroactive approval arrived a week later.

Suburban Chicago Hospital Will Close After Being Crushed By Too Many Uninsured Patients

Suburban Chicago Hospital Will Close After Being Crushed By Too Many Uninsured Patients

In a stunning development underscoring the plight of non-profit hospitals struggling with the increase in uninsured patients, the Catholic ownership of St. Francis Hospital & Health Center on Wednesday said it will shutter the hospital because nobody would buy it.

http://consumerist.com/2008/03/20/getting-the-wrong-kidney/

Getting the wrong kidney removed is bad enough, but what if you went in for leg surgery and had your anus operated on instead? [Fox News] (Thanks to Gregg!)

Doctors Remove Wrong Kidney

Doctors Remove Wrong Kidney

A surgical team at Park Nicollet Heath Services in Minnesota removed the healthy kidney from a patient last week, and left behind the possibly cancerous kidney.

Insurance Company Won't Pay For Child's Leukemia Treatment

Insurance Company Won't Pay For Child's Leukemia Treatment

Primary Physician Care, a privately-owned insurance company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has now twice refused to pay for a 3-year-old’s special leukemia treatment recommended by doctors at Duke University Hospital—even after the child’s mother called the insurance company and spoke…

Would You Take Your (Really Hot) Kid To The Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department And Trauma Center?

Would You Take Your (Really Hot) Kid To The Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department And Trauma Center?

The once-popular—surely it isn’t still?—teenaged sexpot clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch is shelling out $10 million to build a new emergency room and trauma center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Now a group is speaking out against the idea of prominently naming the kids’ ER after the store, which the hospital has been hinting at in announcements. The reason the hospital is called “Nationwide Children’s Hospital” is because Nationwide Insurance gave it $50 million. Up next: the Budweiser End Zone Birthing Center, and then the American Apparel Teenaged Pregnancy Wing.

Medical Records Sold As Scrap Paper

Medical Records Sold As Scrap Paper

A fourth grade teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah, bought a box of scrap paper for $20 and discovered it was actually a box of medical records of 28 patients from Central Florida Regional Hospital. The hospital shipped the box via UPS to an audit company in Las Vegas last December. The hospital claims it had been tracking the box since February, but hadn’t told the patients. As for the teacher’s class, her next assignment for the students will be, “Apply for credit card offers using SSNs from the scrap paper box.”

Chicago Hospital Freaks, Nearly Bans Visitor For Taking Photo From Window

Chicago Hospital Freaks, Nearly Bans Visitor For Taking Photo From Window

Kurt was at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago yesterday, where his father is in rehab after a recent stroke, and he was nearly kicked out because he took a photo of the setting sun out the window from a hallway.

Before even reviewing the picture, I heard a woman yell, “What do you think you’re doing?!” I looked up, seeing an angry looking woman briskly coming down the hall at me.
 
“Taking a photo of the sun,” I replied.
 
“You’re in a hospital!” she shrilly declared.
 
“Yes, obviously.”
 
“I’ve called security, you stay here!”

Receptionist Holds Up Ambulance To Collect $5 Co-Pay From Heart Attack Victim

Barabara Antonelli was strapped onto a gurney and breathing through an oxygen mask when her doctor’s receptionist bounded up to her ambulance and said: “I hate to bother you, but could you give me the $5 co-pay?”

Doctor Forces Rectal Exam, Patient Punches Doctor, Police Arrest Patient, Patient Sues

Doctor Forces Rectal Exam, Patient Punches Doctor, Police Arrest Patient, Patient Sues

A 38-year-old construction worker who suffered a head injury on the job was sedated and given a rectal exam against his will, says the New York Times.

Minorities Not Prescribed Opioids As Frequently As Whites

Minorities Not Prescribed Opioids As Frequently As Whites

If you’re black, Hispanic, or “Asian/other,” you might want to make sure your voice is heard loud and clear the next time you have to make a trip to the ER. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that over the past 13 years, white patients were prescribed powerful opioid painkillers 31% of the time, versus 23% for blacks, 24% for Hisanics, and 28% for Asians and “others.”