Lawsuit: Medical Center Provokes Mental Health Patients for Medicaid Pay; Nurture Your Life Purpose

 

Here’s what’s happening Today in the 914, according to Westchester Woman: Lawsuit: Medical Center Provokes Mental Health Patients for Medicaid Pay; Nurture Your Life Purpose; MORE.

1.) (Story updated on Sept. 28 to include hospital’s response) A doctor who trained for four years at the psychiatric unit of the Westchester Medical Center filed a lawsuit claiming that hospital staff would routinely provoke adolescents into acting out so they could restraint and drug the payments and extend their hospitalization so the hospital would received more Medicare payments.

“Rather than using de-escalation techniques that would not require the administration of chemical or physical restraints, the nursing staff’s first and preferred response to the provoked behavior was to seek an order from a physician for the administration of a chemical or physical restraint to sedate the patient,” the lawsuit states.

According to lohud.com, Dr. Alfred Robenzadeh said he was punished by his supervisors for asserting that the hospital was defrauding Medicaid and causing harm to their patients. In addition male patients of color, especially those from group homes without parents, were often mistreated.

“Male patients were treated as second class and as troublemakers who were assumed to be aggressive and much more likely to be physically injured by staff,” he said. “If the patient’s complexion was any shade of brown, their concerns, e.g., pain, stress or hunger, were neglected because the culture of the unit devalued them as patients.”

Read the full story on lohud below:

Suit: Westchester Med Center ‘taunted’ young psych patients

Federal suit claims hospital staff provoked youngsters to justify medication, restraints that extended Medicaid-funded hospital stays A doctor who trained for four years at the psychiatric unit of the Westchester Medical Center said in a lawsuit Monday that adolescent patients were routinely provoked and prodded into acting out, then restrained and drugged to extend their hospitalization and Medicaid payments.

Westchester Medical Center says the claims are totally bogus:

“We have thoroughly reviewed his claims and find his allegations against our staff offensive and totally without merit,” a statement from the hospital read.

Read more below:

Westchester Medical Center calls federal suit ‘offensive’

WMC disputes doctor’s claims that young psych patients were ‘provoked’ to justify drugs, restraints and longer hospital stays Westchester Medical Center officials shot back at an accuser Tuesday, saying that a federal lawsuit filed by a former psychiatric trainee was “offensive” and “without merit.”

2.) Need to hand making your life’s purpose a reality? Here are a few tips from Forbes:

Three Steps To Improving Your Life And Finding Your Purpose

Fair warning: This process may take many tedious and frustrating but ultimately worthwhile years. Step 1: Remove the bad. Flee the sources of your negativity (both external and internal). Dispose of the transactions that never repay your investments. Reject the motivations and the goals of the petty tyrants who revel in your trouble.

3.) Today’s headlines:

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Gold Star Mothers Honored in Westchester Sunday

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Many Westchester Residents Mired In ‘Affordability Crisis,’ Study Finds

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New Yorkers buy more electric cars, use chargers

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