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Oklahoma Botches Execution Using New Drug Protocol, But Kills Inmate

OK…here it is in a nutshell: Oklahoma, like other states, can’t get the drugs it wants for its executions because manufacturers around the world have united in their Read More »

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Doctor Leaves, Nurse Flees, Parents Deliver Own Baby – Some Perspective [VIDEO]

Picture it. It is after midnight on Sunday at a 400 bed medical facility that professes to be “one of the busiest maternity hospitals” in the county. Read More »

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The Secret And Illegal Lethal Injection Drug Trade

A drug dealer can name his own price. His product is most often literally worth more than its weight in gold. It is the age-old economic principle of supply Read More »

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Texas Paramedic Sues Hospital To Take Pregnant Wife Off Life Support

Ten days ago we brought you The Rare Case Of A Brain Dead Pregnant Woman And TX Law. You will want to read that piece if you Read More »

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The Rare Case Of A Brain Dead Pregnant Woman And TX Law

Marlise and Erick Munoz, the parents of a young son, both worked as paramedics for the town of Crowley, TX. The week after Thanksgiving Erick found his 14 weeks Read More »

PA Woman Poses As Dr, Gives Truckers Physicals In Her House

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A suspicious truck driver turned undercover sleuth after being given a physical required for his commercial driver’s license at the home of Joann Elizabeth Wingate, 56. The trucker answered an ad offering the required physical for $65 posted at the Blue Beacon Truck Wash in Middlesex Township, Pa.

After contacting the number listed, he said a “Dr. Wingate” picked him up and brought him back to her home where she performed the physical which included “everything that a doctor would normally do,” he told state police, according to Penn Live, including a urinalysis. The trucker became suspicious when his physical was rejected by the California Department of Transportation.

After checking on Wingate’s credentials online, he decided to return to her home office for a second visit.While there he photographed her displayed medical certificate and gave it to Pennsylvania state police.

Investigators found that not only did Wingate have two chiropractic … (Continued...)

Breaking Healthcare News May 8, 2014

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Dentist Pulls All Of 23 y/o’s Healthy Teeth For No Good Reason

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St. Louis, MO – A dentist pulled 28 healthy teeth from a 23-year-old man’s mouth for no good reason, charging more than $5,000 to a credit card belonging to the man’s mother claims a lawsuit filed in St. Louis County Court. Mark D. Meyers, DDS, saw Skylar King in his office for an abscessed tooth. Meyers told the King that not only did the tooth with the abscess need to come out, but in fact every single tooth in his mouth had to be removed to be replaced by implants or dentures. Meyers said that if all the teeth were not pulled King could die of blood poisoning. Two days later King returned to the office and had x-rays done of his entire mouth. After viewing the x-rays and determining that King’s mother had a credit card on which $5,235 could be, and was, charged, Meyers removed all 32 of… (Continued...)

Oklahoma Botches Execution Using New Drug Protocol, But Kills Inmate

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OK…here it is in a nutshell: Oklahoma, like other states, can’t get the drugs it wants for its executions because manufacturers around the world have united in their refusal to sell drugs for the purpose of lethal injection. So Oklahoma, like some other states, enacted laws which make the manufacturer and seller of their execution drugs a state secret not to be revealed to ANYONE, even a court, no matter what. This allows these states to go hunting for their drugs using less traditional, and even illegal, methods and sources, promising their new drug dealers that no one will know who they are or how the drug deal transpired. Even with these hidden transactions states are still unable to obtain their preferred drugs so they have turned to other, very different acting medications they presume should kill their condemned prisoners using dosages their best guess determines. So on April 29th… (Continued...)

Breaking Healthcare News May 2, 2014

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Scientology’s Narconon Sued For Breach Of Contract, Fraud, Negligence

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Cathy Tarr and her son Michael are suing one of Scientology’s Narconon drug rehab centers in Nevada federal court claiming they misrepresent themselves and their treatment program as being a secular, medically proven alternative in drug treatment and that their treatment in fact places patient’s in danger. The complaint characterizes the $33,000 Narconon program as a dangerous bit of fraud being used to recruit new members of Scientology.

First the complaint argues that Narconon attempts to hide the fact that it is affiliated with and based on Scientology and its teachings, and that its program content allegedly has little to do with drug and alcohol addiction or its treatment. From the complaint (scroll down to read the complaint in its entirety)”

Narconon courses are self-taught by the patients and overseen by counselors. Narconon students and Scientology practitioners perform these TRs (Training Routines) in pairs known as twins. The counselors have

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Breaking Healthcare News April 2, 2014

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77 y/o Physician Assistant Guilty In $7M Wheelchair Medicare Fraud

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From Courthouse News Service

LOS ANGELES (CN) – A 77-year-old physician assistant faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to signing fraudulent prescriptions for $7 million in wheelchairs and other medical equipment at two L.A.-area clinics. Erasmus Kotey, of Montebello, pleaded guilty Monday to health care fraud and conspiracy. Kotey’s fraudulent prescriptions for durable medical equipment caused Medicare to be billed for $7 million, and it paid $3.5 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. It’s part of a scheme that also involved Susanna Artsruni of North Hollywood, who has pleaded guilty to submitting $25 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare. The Medicare Fraud Strike Force, formed in 2007 and now operating in nine cities, has charged more than 1,700 defendants who have billed Medicare for more than $5.5 billion, the U.S. attorney said in the statement.

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Breaking Healthcare News April 1, 2014

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Nine Nursing Home Workers Arrested In Connection With Patient Death [VIDEO]

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Law enforcement officials allege Aurelia Rios, 72, slowly suffocated and died after a nurse at the Medford Multicare Center on Long Island failed to connect her to a ventilator. The NY state attorney general’s office says Kethie Joseph, a licensed practical nurse, failed to read doctors orders that Rios be hooked up to a ventilator. When alarm bells began ringing indicating Rios was in trouble Joseph, and fellow staff members, also failed to respond for over 2 hours say prosecutors. Rios was at Medford for rehab after a hospital stay for a breathing disorder.

While prosecutors are attributing the death to Joseph’s “failure to read” doctors orders that Rios be hooked up to a ventilator, Law Med would point out that a competent nurse whose clinical duties include caring for patients requiring mechanical ventilation does not need to read a doctor’s order to recognize when their patient needs to be … (Continued...)

Doctor Leaves, Nurse Flees, Parents Deliver Own Baby – Some Perspective [VIDEO]

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Picture it. It is after midnight on Sunday at a 400 bed medical facility that professes to be “one of the busiest maternity hospitals” in the county. You are in labor with your husband by your side as you arrive on the OB ward to be admitted per the instructions of your OB GYN physician who has called ahead and is meeting you there. Settled into the “Labor, Delivery, and Recovery Suites”, nature’s course has slowed and your physician has ordered an IV infusion of Pitocin, a drug which induces or augments contractions and labor. And the drug is working.

As luck would have it there is another woman down the hall whose labor is not going well. Your doctor is also her physician and she needs an emergency c-section to save the life of her child. So off he or she goes to perform the emergency surgery … (Continued...)