Welcome to the Psychiatric Hotline . . .

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“Hello. You’ve reached our crisis Help-line. Your call is important to us, so please listen to the following menu carefully:

If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 over and over and over.

If you are co-dependent, please have somebody else press 2.

If you have multiple personalities, press 3, 4, 5, and 6.

If you are paranoid-delusional, we already know who you are and what you want. Please hang up and hide.

If you are schizophrenic, tilt your head and a small voice will tell you which selection to choose.

If you are manic-depressive, press any button you want. We’ve had enough of your mood swings.

If you have high anxiety, just start pushing numbers at random.

If you are phobic, better not even touch the buttons. Who knows what germs lurk there.

If you are anal retentive, please hold.”

(Excerpt from the book, “America’s Dumbest Doctors”

Will President Trump Start Deporting Criminal Immigrant Doctors? We Can Only Hope

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Pakistani immigrant Doctor Shafiq Ahmad. This man was arrested for molesting a dozen women patients. Then he tried to have his American wife shot and killed for $2,000 because she wasn’t “obedient.”  

In the state of Ohio yet another foreign doctor was found guilty of a serious felony. This fool  tried to hire a contract killer to murder his former wife back in 2011. Believe it or not, he served less than 5 years in state prison and now faces deportation.

Wait a minute! Deportation of a criminal immigrant physician? Now there’s a subject that doesn’t get much airtime. Because it almost never happens.

Doctor Shafiq Ahmad from Pakistan,  was transferred from prison to a county jail in October, and is being held on a warrant by  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Ahmad, who lived and worked in Huber Heights, near Dayton, was sent to prison in March 2011, after being convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Murder. He was arrested two years earlier, after he had paid $2,000 to a former patient to shoot his former wife, Kristin Hornsby, because of a nasty child custody dispute. Instead of murdering the doctor’s wife, the  man went to the police and told them all about the daffy doc’s plan.

RELATED: Huber Heights doctor accused of sexual advances toward 13 patients

“Doctor sex abuse is tolerated by regulators and forgiven in every state, a national investigation has revealed.”

Ahmad, age 46, was a walking, talking lab coat crime-wave. He’d had his medical license suspended by the Ohio State Medical Board in 2010 after he was arrested for  improper sexual advances by 12 former patients. His license was revoked after his felony conviction for attempted murder in 2011.

Ahmad’s career of crime was one of many bad physicians examined in an in-depth report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“The medical profession hides doctors’ patient abuse nationwide.”

Like we say: Third World Assassins. They can be found in every state in America. Why?

Because when it comes to unfettered immigration, we are appallingly stupid.

Note: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution performed a yearlong, 50-state analysis, and found medical boards in many states do very little to inform or protect patients when doctors were found to have abused their power. Read the full national report here, and read their analysis of local doctors sanctioned by the Ohio Medical Board here

Healthcare Heroine: Doctor Colleen Coleman in Southern California

It might go without saying that as a surgeon, Doctor Colleen Coleman in Orange County California has saved a few lives. But up till recently the folks she helped were people she didn’t know.

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Dr Colleen Coleman

But not long ago the good doctor learned that a coworker – a man on staff at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach where she works –was in dire need of a kidney. And the man’s name is Brian Dunn, a physician himself. In fact, Doctor Dunn is an anesthesiologist. They worked together. And he was a very sick man.

After ensuring that her blood matched that of her coworker, Colleen Coleman made the decision to donate one of her own two kidneys. She says it was not a hard choice to make.

“I truly believe if I, as a physician, couldn’t do this, after having participated in transplantation as part of my training and experience as a surgeon, how could I ask other people to be donors when needed,” Colleen said.

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Dr Brian Dunn

The surgery worked out just fine, and Doctor Brian Dunn no longer needs to undergo the grueling ritual of dialysis. In fact, he gets to go home from the hospital today.

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that someone would make this sacrifice,” Dunn said. “But that’s Colleen.”

Doctor Dunn is looking forward to returning to the operating room in March. And when he does, he’ll be working side-by-side with an extraordinary lady-doc with only one kidney.

We tip our cap to Doctor Coleman for her extraordinary generosity.

L.A. County Health: ‘Bacterial Infection Linked to the Same Hospitals’

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So what could possibly be the good news, regarding this particular deadly strain of hospital-acquired infection? Well, they ‘ve identified the strain; the cause and where it’s happening. And that’s cool.

What’s the bad news? They’re not about to tell you in WHICH hospitals you might be exposed to it. And how cool is that?

Because that’s the way ‘healthcare’ works, you see. When it comes to the really bad stuff, they hide things. They last thing healthcare wants is transparency. An educated citizen is healthily skeptical, and there is no money in good health, is there?

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has announced that they now believe at least 3 – and likely 4 – cases of bacterial infection that happened recently during open heart surgeries – can be legitimately traced to specific hospitals.

Each of the patients who were infected by what is known as Mycobacterium Chimaera bacteria had undergone open-chest operations.

But L.A. County Health officials will not advise the public which hospitals are involved. They are simply attempting to mitigate the impact of the infections by saying that none of these patients have died. Well that’s civil of them, isn’t it?

How many of them are seriously ill? Answer/ You don’t have a right to know.

Health Department research reveals this particular bacterial infection is linked to the use of a patient heating/cooler device called the LivaNova 3T. And at least 71 infection cases have been linked to this surgical tool that is now used all over the world.

Heater-cooler devices are used in surgeries involving the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other chest organs. They warm or cool surgical patients by providing temperature-controlled water to external heat exchangers or to warming/cooling blankets through closed water circuits.

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On October 13, 2016, the FDA issued a warning about the link between the use of the Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler System in open heart surgeries, and Mycobacterium Chimaera infections.

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The health department reports they are working with local hospitals which have confirmed these infections, in order to implement more effective prevention methods.

L.A. County Health said this:

“We have communicated with all hospitals in Los Angeles County that have used these devices to assess compliance with the Centers for Disease Control recommendations.”

Unfortunately, here’s what they didn’t say – but should have. So we’ll take this opportunity to advise our readers here:

Mycobacterium Chimaera is a slow-growing bacteria. A patient’s infection may not become apparent until years after surgery. You can be seriously at risk and not know it.

Nonetheless, according to Los Angeles County Health Department, YOU have no right to know which hospital surgical suites are responsible.

Bottom line: Modern healthcare and transparency are not synergistic.

Here’s a look at this infection:

http://www.lawsuit-information.com/open-heart-surgery-infection/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAzsvEBRDEluzk96e4rqABEiQAezEOoD-HaJplA16FZsI_t6zvkWC2JrGLM06vUaWWooIu4UIaAhLS8P8HAQ&ppcsclkid=swgk4ncY3R9g&ppcstrkid=1941899178&ppcsu=xhg7f5djqwalcwg

U.S. Healthcare The Best in The World? No, Actually, We’re Not Even Close

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Not as long as THIS happens 300 times a day

Time for a reality check:

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Errant healthcare – including the constant, never-ending yammering of drug-pushing advertising – is almost guaranteed to kill 2,000,000 citizens, between now and New Year’s Day, 2037.

THINK about that, the next time you see the next red-hot Flu scare news story.

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p1218-drug-overdose.html

California Physician Fraud: When Will They Ever Learn? Not Any Time Soon

(What follows is an update of a story we originally published 2 years ago this month):

medi-fraud-artDoctor Emilio Louis Cruz, age 61 of Carson California, was sentenced by United States District Judge Morrison England to 3 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution, for his role in a Medicare Fraud Conspiracy. This, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

Court records show that Cruz, a neurology specialist, acquired his medical degree at Yale University. He held medical licenses in 3 states. According to his testimony at the trial of Cruz’s co-defendants – Doctors Ramanathan Prakash, Alexander Popov, and Lana LeChabrier – a man named Vardges Egiazarian owned 3 health care clinics in Sacramento, Richmond, and Carmichael California. Cruz operated the Carmichael clinic. He established a Medicare provider number for the clinic and set up a bank account into which Medicare funds were deposited. Hundreds of medical bills were submitted to Medicare seeking reimbursement for services. The FBI found this extremely interesting, since Cruz never treated a single patient.

During most of the time that the Carmichael clinic operated, Cruz was living and working in North Dakota. A similar pattern was followed at the other two clinics operated by Egiazarian, and not one of the physicians submitting bills to Medicare ever treated a single patient.

The clinics’ patients were primarily Hispanic who spoke no English. They were recruited and transported to the clinics by van drivers who were paid according to the number of patients they brought in. Rather than being charged a co-payment, the patients were paid for their time – generally $100 per visit – in exchange for their Medicare number. Fake medical charts were created, stating that each patient received comprehensive exams and a broad array of diagnostic tests. Few of these tests were ever performed, and none were performed based on any medical need. Clinic staff filled out other portions of the charts using imaginary information. Some clinic employees admitted to performing various tests on themselves, and placing the results into patient files.

In all, the 3 clinics billed more than $5,000,000 in fraudulent claims to Medicare – $1,700,000 of which was actually paid. With respect to claims submitted for services by Cruz at the Carmichael clinic, Medicare paid $601,581 based upon fake billing by him.

Doctors Prakash, Popov, and LeChabrier, were also found guilty by a jury on July 8, 2011, of Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud and various other charges of Healthcare Fraud.

Here is a list of those involved in this massive medical system theft case:

  • Doctor Ramanathan Prakash – currently serving 10 years in federal prison
  • Doctor Lana LeChabrier – currently serving 6 years in prison
  • Doctor Alexander Popov – currently serving 8 years
  • Doctor Derrick Johnson – pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing
  • Nazaret Salmanyan, an unlicensed ultrasound technician – sentenced to 20 months
  • Zoya Belov, a nurse licensed in Russia but not here – pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing
  • Jenny Saechao, recruited patients, pleaded guilty, and is awaiting sentencing
  • Migran Petrosyan, a co-owner of the Richmond clinic –pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 27 months
  • Shushanik Martirosyan, a medical biller who submitted fake claims to Medicare for all 3 clinics – pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months

Incidentally, all of the above felons except one are criminal immigrants.

Here’s another look:

https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/sacramento/press-releases/2012/physician-sentenced-to-eight-years-in-federal-prison-for-role-in-massive-medicare-fraud-scam