Rhea, on Oct 23 2003, 07:47 AM, said:
Terri's husband may have an agenda, but I have never, ever seen an entire hospital staff lie about a patient's condition or deny them needed care. Quite the opposite. People in the medical profession work very hard, often way beyond what is required, to rehabilitate their patients and give them the best care possible. I absolutely do not believe that the entire medical staff of this facility has entered into some kind of conspiracy with this woman's husband, or that they would knowingly alter medical records. I'm sorry, but my experience of the profession tells me that it's more likely to be 180 degrees in the opposite direction from this nurse's statement.
I'd love to be a fly on the wall, because as sensationalized as this case is, because I suspect we're seeing kernels of truth buried in a dung heap of b*llsh*t.
Again I agree with you Rhea. And if I am not mistaken wasn't Terri under Hospice Care?
If she was, there are rigid rules applying to Hospice. To place a patient under 'hospice' care requires a great deal of documentation to determine if there is reasonable cause and 'determining diagnosis' that shows there is little hope of medical care for the patient to be restored to life.
Also, if she wasn't under hospice care, there is still the question of 'documentation' from the medical staff that can't be ignored. Any Extended Care Facility that wishes to remain operational
must have good
documentation on a daily/hourly basis.
patients, (whether Medicare, Hospice, Third Party Payor, or Private Pay), must be shown to be receiving all possible
and appropriate care for 'determined diagnosis' if they wish to remain a functional facility.
I also know that 'most' extended care facilities get money from the government with regards to their patient care, UNLESS they are a For Profit
And I also am beginning to question WHY the AMA hasn't been tracking this case as well, if there is any reason to believe that 'appropriate' documentation has not been made. If the nurse in question here was 'documenting' her daily routines then if a descrepency shows up, questions would be made regarding the 'determined diagnosis'.
I do believe that there does seem to be questionable 'doubt' with regards to the 'husband's' actions, but then again, with all the 'time' that has evolved, then I question why the AMA, Hospice, and HIPPA hasn't been coming down on this case?