November 21, 2005
Nursing Home Operator and Its CEO Charged With Fraud for Failure to Care for Patients
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri announced the indictment of American Healthcare Management Inc. and its CEO, Robert Wachter, on conspiracy and Medicare/Medicaid fraud for failing to provide adequate care to residents of three nursing homes operated by the company. A press release (here) states:
The indictment alleges that due to lack of staffing at these facilities, numerous residents of the three nursing homes suffered from dehydration and malnutrition, went for extended periods of time without cleaning or bathing, and contracted bed sores that would have been preventable with proper care. The indictment also alleges instances of patients walking away from facilities and physical abuse by staff members. An 88-year old resident, who was totally dependent on Claywest for care, sat for hours at a time in her own waste, and in the two weeks before her death, nursing staff found ants crawling all over her body. Additionally, the indictment alleges that a 78-year old patient was beaten by an employee and later died as a result of his injuries.
November 20, 2005
New Grand Jury in Leak Case
Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald has moved forward in the leak investigation, but according to AP here,this time it will be with a new grand jury. In the meantime denials will probably be surfacing, with claims by officials that they are not Woodward's source. For example, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a statement as reported in the NYTimes here that she is not the source in the leak investigation.