3. DC Hospital Fires Nurses for Missing Work in Blizzard
Washington (DC) Hospital Center began termination procedures on 15 nurses for missing work because of a blizzard that had shut down the nation's capital. In a memo to hospital staff, Washington Hospital Center CEO Harrison J. Rider III said the hospital is dismissing 21 employees—15 nurses and six "essential" personnel members. Rider expressed displeasure in the employees who are being fired. "While I am very pleased that we found merit in some of the cases we reviewed, we have not found any redeeming circumstances in the behavior of the others, so we are proceeding with the dismissal of 21 total associates," Rider stated. Nurses United of the National Capital Region filed a grievance against the hospital.
4. Former Hospital CFO Pleads Guilty in Skid Row Kickback Scheme
The former CFO of Tustin Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles pleaded guilty in February to paying illegal kickbacks for patients recruited from the city's "Skid Row" area, the U.S. Attorneys Office in Los Angeles has announced. In a plea agreement filed in federal court, Vincent Rubio 49, of Los Angeles, admitted paying kickbacks to "marketers" who recruited homeless people and transported them to Tustin Hospital. The center recruited homeless people to receive unnecessary health services and others to refer homeless Medicare and Medi-Cal beneficiaries to Tustin Hospital for in-patient hospital stays.
NBC News4 in Washington, DC, reported on a Maryland man who claimed he was assaulted by security guards when he tried to leave Prince George's Hospital in June after he was told he was scheduled for a surgery he didn't need. Joseph Wheeler is suing the hospital and its security contractor for $13 million. Wheeler was taken to PGH and admitted overnight for minor injuries sustained in a car accident. When he woke up the next day in his hospital bed he was told he was slated to have a cancerous mass removed from his chest.