Nursing homes money schemes leads to patient neglect

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reports on the investigation that uncovered the money making scheme of Dr. Roland Borrasi, who was a middleman when it came to delivering elderly and mentally disabled patients to nursing homes.
"Basically, I have a commodity; my commodity is nursing home patients," Borrasi said.
The more patients a nursing home has, especially more fragile and high-needs patients, the more money (Medicaid, etc) the nursing home will receive. When nursing homes were running low on patients, they would contact Borrasi, who would contact hospitals and transport the needed patients. Borrasi also owned a "medical group" that hospitals and nursing homes would pay stipends to, which made the whole scheme look legitimate on the outside.
Mercury News reported on a separate scheme involving nursing home abuse. It talks about a California chain of nursing homes saving an increase in state funding for nursing homes while laying off workers to show an increase in profits.
Both reports are very in-depth (and long), showing an accumulation of reporting done over the span of several years. It is a bit difficult to comprehend the information, and rereads were necessary. It is difficult to condense so much research and reporting into an article and still make it understandable, but both could've been better written. Both also make use of examples of neglect the patients suffered, sometimes resulting in death. News is people and these are the victims portrayed, along with those portrayed as the greedy villains.

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