According to federal officials, Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, a DeSoto psychiatric hospital, will lose Medicare funding for putting its patients in "immediate jeopardy" of harm. The decision was made based on inspection reports which detailed allegations such as a staff member who did not know how to deal with potential sexual predators, patients being left untreated for hours, and a 12-year-old boy who was injected with an anti-psychotic drug for "agitation" even though video footage showed he was watching cartoons.
Timothy Lewis died of an overdose on May 4, 2017. His mother has filed suit against employees of HOPE Clinic, Cross Lanes Family Pharmacy, and Poca Valu-Rite. She has alleged they operated a pill mill and fatally over-prescribed opioid medication to her son.
Despite a 2010 law created to crack down on illegal prescribing, many Texas doctors who violate prescription drug laws have little to fear from prosecutors, even if their patients die of an overdose. In the past three years, less than a third of the 83 doctors punished by the Texas Medical Board for drug law violations involving two or more patients were charged criminally.
The federal government utilizes a five-star rating program for nursing homes, a consumer tool that has been criticized for its reliance on self-reported, unverified data. Recently, the government announced it is implementing several changes to that program.
On November 9, 2010, Thomas Haskell, then 63 years old, underwent cardiac bypass surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Ellsworth, Maine. Due to complications, Mr. Haskell died four days later.