“Nurse of the Year” to Spend 9 Months in Prison, and Other News

“Nurse of the Year” convicted for practicing without a license. Will spend nine months in prison. 

“Rock Doc,” with hair spiked, punk style hair, wearing chains, bangles and leather bracelets, earns $1.2 million a year from Medicare. Says his physical therapy regimen “does wonders” if used correctly.

RAND: Electronic medical records have a limited effect on quality of care. “[Q]uality scores improved no faster at hospitals that had newly adopted a basic electronic health record than in hospitals that did not.”

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  1. Virginia says:

    I hate to say that I’m slightly pleased that electronic records aren’t the cure-all people say they are. Especially when all of these hospitals are crying out for federal money to their $2-$5 million systems.

  2. Paul H. says:

    The RAND study is very important. It completely undermines the idea that there is some easy, bureaucratic fix for the problem of quality.

  3. Bruce says:

    Question: was the nurse any good as a nurse?

  4. Greg says:

    I agree with Paul. The RAND study is very important.

  5. Devon Herrick says:

    I’m surprised her ruse wasn’t discovered sooner after she gave herself an award from a made up, non-existent trade association. There is generally only one (well known) trade association for each medical profession within a state. Plus, award dinners usually have speakers, numerous attendees, banquet halls. It all sounds so implausible.

    This nurse must have been pathetically bad for her employer to file a complaint against her rather than merely fire her.