Your June 5 cover story, "Feds come knocking in search of home-care fraud" (p. 40), is an insult to every legitimate healthcare provider.
You took great pains to repeat unproved and unsubstantiated government charges without making any effort to obtain the position or point of view of those being charged.
You quoted several government officials, all of whom have much to gain from pursuit of this witch hunt, and you chose not to mention that, to date, there have been, at least in the case of First American Health Care, no convictions, no hearings, no indictments, no judge, no jury, no due process.
You didn't bother to suggest that perhaps all we have are bureaucrats hoping to defuse a very hot political issue and confuse the taxpayers with rhetoric about two much-misused words, "fraud" and "abuse." Those two words seem to creep into the response of every government official as they talk about healthcare, especially just before they tell reporters that they need more funding and staff.
You failed to note that the government has spared no time or expense to publicize its unrelenting crusade against the evil home healthcare providers without any regard for due process. Don't you find it strange that HHS is so eager to talk about this issue? Since when has government been so communicative?
Open-minded readers might question your enthusiasm to publish such damning materials about the very industry that supports your publication. Did it ever occur to you to consider our side of this? You might have taken an advocacy position that suggested care be taken before big government crushes our industry through false accusations. Further, your story paints all of us with the same brush, in essence telling your audience that abuse and fraud are everywhere, at least according to the government.
Every business has its cheats and a dishonest few. Government has always found it beneficial to use such cases to broaden its reach and control. It is astonishing to me that the press, once inclined to question and investigate, has so easily fallen victim to such a transparent scam.
ROBERT J. MILLS
Chairman, chief executive officer
First American Health Care