People Incorporated St Paul Complaint Findings for Exploitation
In a report concluded on May 22, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites People Incorporated St Paul for exploitation by staff – drug diversion.
It is alleged that financial exploitation occurred when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP), took a patient’s narcotic medication.
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the theft of drugs and controlled substances by health care professionals is a serious problem that can lead to patient harm and jeopardize patient safety.
In May 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) invited a coalition of hospital, provider, law enforcement, licensing and other health care stakeholders to collaboratively address this important issue.
The coalition completed its work in April 2012, issued a final report, and launched a campaign to more effectively prevent and respond to drug diversions. The campaign includes a road map and tool kit for hospitals and other providers with resources, such as training materials, sample policies and procedures, and a flow chart of reporting guidelines and requirements that providers can use when they suspect a drug diversion has occurred.
In Minnesota from 2005 to 2011, there were 250 reports of theft or loss of controlled substances in hospitals and nursing homes, according to data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Reports increased from 16 in 2006 to 52 in 2010, a 325 percent increase. (Retail pharmacy thefts are not included in these numbers.)
Controlled substances most associated with a theft or loss event were hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, morphine sulfate, and fentanyl. Theft of these controlled substances is a felony offense.
If you have concerns about financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.