Staff Writers at the New York Daily News reported that between 2004 and 2008, New York State cited NYC hospitals 16 times for falsified, incomplete or missing medical records. Bellevue Hospital, Woodhull Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center were all cited over that period for “correcting” and/or simply “losing” medical records.
In fact, we were recently retained by a family in a nursing home matter where their family member passed away after suffering numerous falls and developing pressure sores. Our client passed away at the end of a 9 month admission. However, nurse’s aides continued to document that the resident was toileted for five days after her death. In our view, this shows a blatant disregard for the welfare of patients, carelessness, and calls into question the integrity of the entire medical record.
Hospital Records Were Sometimes Falsified to Cover Up Medical Mistakes; Daily News, Robert Gearty, Benjamin Lesser and Greg B. Smith, July 26, 2009.