Statement by Walter Dartland/Consumer Federation of the Southeast Regarding State of Florida FINR Investigation
Contact: Ryan Banfill
Consumer Federation of the Southeast
Regarding State of Florida FINR Investigation
Tallahassee – The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration today issued the findings of a multi-agency investigation conducted August 2-3 into alleged abuse at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation. In response to the report, Consumer Federation of the Southeast Executive Director Walter Dartland – who called for the state probe following a report by Bloomberg News detailing the alleged abuse – issued the following statement.
“I want to commend the state for its timely inspection of FINR and the resulting probe of the accusations of abuse at the facility. The state has turned up alarming information regarding the facility treating patients who are apparently ineligible to be at the facility. The report also shows that the institute is seemingly stonewalling state investigators by refusing to immediately provide them with access to adult and pediatric incident reports.
“Florida authorities are taking the right steps to ensure patients are in a safe, secure place. But there are serious questions that FINR needs to answer. Why is FINR apparently treating patients without head or spinal cord injuries? How much are insurance companies paying FINR to treat these ineligible patients? To what extent, if any, is auto and other insurance fraud an element in the treatment of these ineligible patients? And why won’t FINR provide requested resident incident reports to state investigators?
“To promote faith in how we treat people with brain injuries, FINR needs to answer these questions completely, honestly and quickly. “
As part of an effort to increase public awareness of the issue, Dartland invited concerned individuals to join the Protect People with Brain Injuries Facebook community set up at: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectPeopleWithBrainInjuries
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