What would be the consequence for an HME?

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09/23/2010

First, let me preface this by saying that I have no clue what the rules and regs are governing mental health in Maine, nor does the story I read give any context to the whole situation.

But. I can't help but wonder, if we were looking at a DME provider that had similar alleged issues, what the consequences would be. According to an article in the Portland Press Herald, state officials here say a mental health agency has "serious deficiencies" including, I kid you not, the hiring of friends and family without training or background checks." They also found that patient files were left out in the open; and that therapists (hopefully, WITH training) went unpaid. Furthermore, it was reported that 16 out of 18 staffers had quit two days before a surprise inspection Aug. 26.

When that many staffers quit, especially in a bad economy (and it's always a bad economy in that neck of the woods), you just know there's something wrong.

Their punishment? A one-year conditional license in which they must share monthly financial reports.

So tell me, what would the consequences be for an HME in this situation.

Theresa Flaherty

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