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Exposing abuse and neglect in a chain of brain injury rehab centers

A Mountain of Misconduct (Reveal, Nov. 7, 2015 ) Listen to this fascinating and shocking public radio series. "New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Jack Rodolico spent a year uncovering allegations of patient abuse and fraudulent billing practices at Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center – like charging Medicaid for changing channels on a TV. Along the way, he encountered a crusading mother who made secret recordings of state regulators in a desperate attempt to get someone to help her daughter." Series produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and New Hampshire Public Radio)

Exposing abuse and neglect on ‘The Mountain' (Julia B. Chan, Reveal, 11-7-15) Reveal teams up with New Hampshire Public Radio health and science reporter Jack Rodolico to unveil 40 years of alleged abuse and neglect of people with disabilities at specialty rehab centers across the U.S.

Inappropriate love triangle blossoms at rehab (Julia B. Chan). We travel back to the late 1990s with the story of another Lakeview patient, Amy Mueller, then a teenager, and her romantic relationship with at least one staff member. Mueller’s family later sued the facility for billing for services that never were provided and putting her in danger.

The family behind the neuro rehab racket (Julia B. Chan) Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center originally was part of a national chain of brain injury rehab centers called New Medico, owned by Charles Brennick of Boston. Nursing-home abuse investigator Sue Bessette teamed up with former New Medico patient Lucy Gwin in the early ’90s to uncover fraud and abuse across a $10 billion industry – leading to an FBI investigation.

Interactive: For disabled patients, an endless cycle of abuse (Julia B. Chan and Julia Smith, Reveal, 11-7-15)

For disabled patients, an endless cycle of abuse (Julia B. Chan and Julia Smith, Reveal, People with severe intellectual disabilities or brain injuries in the U.S. have to contend with limited options for care and – in some cases – corrupt institutions.

Corruption runs in the family at American neurorehab centers (Jack Rodolico and Laura Starecheski, Reveal, 11-4-15) New Hampshire Public Radio and Reveal found a history of not just mistreatment, but also violence, abuse and sexual assaults at Lakeview based on an extensive review that included six years of 911 call logs, hundreds of pages of reports from states and watchdogs, and interviews with dozens of former staff members, inspectors and families. That review also uncovered Lakeview’s connections to a network of similar facilities across the country – and to owners who have evaded accountability for 40 years.
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