Your Say: Reputation of health care industry not tarnished

Special to The TelegraphApril 5, 2012 

As the CEO of CareSouth, a provider of home health-care services for home bound patients in seven states including Texas, I feel compelled to write this letter to the editor and to the public at large. The recent indictments in Texas regarding Jacques Roy, the physician who, with the help of a few unethical home care providers, allegedly defrauded the government and their patients out of millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid payments, have unfairly sullied the reputations of hundreds of thousands of honest, hardworking health-care workers across the country, as well as the honorable and noble profession that is health care.

Dr. Roy’s actions, and those of his cohorts, were the result of greed and had nothing to do with health care.

Too many times the evil acts of a few tarnish lifetimes of dedication and devotion of many. The doctors, nurses, therapists, aides, social workers, administrators and others who work in the home health field, for the most part, are dedicated to providing quality care to patients and their families, often in extremely difficult and uncomfortable circumstances while saving the health-care system millions of dollars each year.

I can easily share numerous stories of employees who have gone beyond the call of duty to provide care to a home bound patient in need. I recall just this past December when a CareSouth employee in Alabama walked 4 miles, after her car became stuck in the mud on a country road, to get to a patient’s home. I have heard similar stories shared by other home care companies, as well.

Please do not judge our profession on the evil deeds of a few. I encourage you to do your homework and to seek out the best health care available for yourself or your loved one. For those who are looking for reliable home health care, Medicare has a website set up to help you compare reputable home health care agencies in your area. That site is www.medicare.gov/HomeHealthCompare. Finally, I implore anyone who feels they are a victim of any type of health care fraud, to contact the proper authorities at once.

Rick W. Griffin is the president and CEO of CareSouth Health System, Inc.

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