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Old 14th June 2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Chicago Hospital Accused of Cutting Throats for Medicare Dollars

Damn, this is scary. All for Medicare dollars.

Chicago Hospital Accused of Cutting Throats for $160,000

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A surgeon at Chicago’s Sacred Heart Hospital cut a hole in Earl Nattee’s throat on Jan. 3, the day before he died. It’s not clear why.

The medical file contained no explanation of the need for the procedure, called a tracheotomy, according to a state and federal inspection report that quotes Sacred Heart’s chief nursing officer as saying it happened “out of the blue.” Tracheotomies are typically used to open an air passage directly to the windpipe for patients who can’t breathe otherwise.

Now, amid a federal investigation into allegations of unneeded tracheotomies at the hospital, Nattee’s daughter, Antoinette Hayes, wonders whether her father was a pawn in what an FBI agent called a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid.
“My daddy said, ‘They’re killing me,’” Hayes recalled, in reference to the care he received at the hospital.
Based in part on surreptitious tape recordings, an FBI affidavit lays out allegations that a Sacred Heart pulmonologist kept patients too sedated to breathe on their own, then ordered unneeded tracheotomies for them -- enabling the for-profit hospital to reap revenue of as much as $160,000 per case.
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Old 14th June 2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Puppycow View Post
Damn, this is scary. All for Medicare dollars.

Chicago Hospital Accused of Cutting Throats for $160,000
In any event how can a simple procedure such as a tracheoctomy attract a $160k fee? That seems to be out of all proportion!
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Old 14th June 2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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Maybe it's like an episiotomy, where once the obstetrician uses has scalpel, the whole delivery becomes "surgical" rather than "obstetrical"? Pierce a throat, and he starts a whole cascade?
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Old 14th June 2013, 06:43 PM   #4
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I pointed this out here years ago, that when you pay per procedure you get lots more procedures, even unnecessary ones.

Tip of the iceberg, this is part of the reason US health care is the most expensive on the planet.
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Old 14th June 2013, 07:00 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by WildCat View Post
I pointed this out here years ago, that when you pay per procedure you get lots more procedures, even unnecessary ones.

Tip of the iceberg, this is part of the reason US health care is the most expensive on the planet.
You get fraud no matter what the system. These guys got caught, someone was paying attention.
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Old 14th June 2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Southwind17 View Post
In any event how can a simple procedure such as a tracheoctomy attract a $160k fee? That seems to be out of all proportion!
Sounds like the money is not just for the procedure, but for all the related services and costs of keeping the patient in the hospital longer.
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