Not the same as what happened in Los Angeles, but the lawsuit alleges that additional revenues were gained by administering additional tests, treatments and wrong diagnoses.
When funds run short, is this something we might have to be aware of? We all want good medical care, but in the news lately we are hearing of all types of administrative issues at hospitals all various levels. I would not appreciate being a victim by any means as a patient and neither would anyone for that matter, so let's hope these are not more "economic" decision that somehow are making their way through the processes.
One good thing though with technology is the ability to trace all of this, so as soon as full on audit trails are in place at more facilities, hopefully this type of activity will not occur. In the meantime, we have lawsuits and no real answer until all the evidence is gathered and presented in a court of law.
Desperation does very strange things to how justification processes are handled in the human mind, as without the hovering cost issue being there 24/7, clinical staff could once again begin to practice real medicine and not as must "low cost routing" when it comes to patient care. BD
Dorothy J. Rivard, a former nursing and pharmacy assistant who was hospitalized at Saint Joseph's in October 2007, alleges in the new lawsuit that she was wrongly diagnosed as a stroke victim, injected over her objections with inappropriate medication, and then subjected to two days of unnecessary and expensive medical testing.
The lawsuit alleges that Ms. Rivard later learned that her medical records contained "a variety of serious mischaracterizations" that apparently were "used to justify the belated length of stay and the battery of medical testing."