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HUMAN SERVICES -- 1999

JANUARY, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
105MillerEx-DC Official at Dept of Human Rights Guilty of Conspiracy--cheated DC out of $110K in false orders
113LiptonDC's Homeless Initiative Makes Progress--street people, waiting lists down; but problems still loom
FEBRUARY, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
212ViseDC Fined $5.1M for Late Payments--700 mental retardation cases involved--computer start-up blamed
223StaffMedlink Nursing Home to Stay Open--last-minute reprieve, extra inspection, clear many code violations
MARCH, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
305StaffNorton Seeks Increase in Community Hospital Funds--claims $23M ceiling and error--wants $49M
311MontgomeryFitting Hospital to Community--Foggy Bottom neighbors dislike GWU expansion plan onto parking lot
314Goldstein(cont)DC Medicaid Director Offner says spending dropped from $872 in '97, $852M in '98, below $844 in '99
314GoldsteinDC Health Plan Would Give Medicaid to 48K Uninsured--leave only 15K (3%) out--$s to come from PBC
314Boo(cont)DC Ignored 'Deplorable' Conditions--350 cases of abuse/neglect in 7 yrs by scurrilous contractors
314BooResidents Languish, Profiteers Milk a Lax System--while deaths, abuse of retarded go unexamined
314BooTroubled System for DC Retarded--Forest Haven Gone, but Agony Remains--group homes exploit/abuse
315StraussSpecial Ed Woes Persist in DC--little progress made though $170M of $575M to be spent on 8000 kids
316BooChanges Demanded in Group Homes--city officials acknowledge real problems protecting retarded
317StaffCouncil member Orange introduces bill to prevent violent offenders from placement in halfway houses
317EditorThe DC Group Home Debacle--problem has persisted for years--weakest suffer, taxpayers pay
318Boo/CottmanDC Evacuates Two Homes for Retarded by mayor's orders--city had ignored perilous conditions
324ViseComputer Ills Put Patients at Risk--aging systems, budget cuts blamed for problems at DC General
325SaulneyFrom City to Cabin in the Woods--program takes DC kids camping in a world far from home, experience
325Loose$6.6M DC Welfare-to-Work Contract Probed by IG: did top DC official collude with company w/o knowhow
328StaffDC Project Tries to Find Homes for Abandoned Babies--DC rate 3rd highest in US, behind NY, Chicago
APRIL, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
401SlevinFor 65K DC Drug Addicts, More Help Coming--100K+ low income residents to get Medicaid abuse treatment
401Slevin(Cont)DC Drug Addiction Program for FY99 up to $22.8M--1062 addicts still awaiting methadone treatment
401EditorHomeless Initiative Sunset--5 yr, $30.4M ($20M, HUD) program failed: 400 families still await shelter
402WilliamsWilliams Defends Health Care Proposal to Wary Panel--lower DC Gen'l subsidy $22M, insure 39K more
403HorwitzGroup Home Shake-up Continues--DC to remove head of MRDDA for abuse and neglect of 350 retarded
405Moreno Together, but No Place for 23 Families to Go--DC's Winter Shelter (DC Village) Closing 4/31
409Horwitz2000 Human Services Workers Must Reapply for Own (changing) Jobs--shakeup may serve as model--
411EditorShake-up at DC Human Services--changed missions justify new job descriptions/applications
413VobedjaRevamping of Foster Care Brings Surge in Adoptions Nationwide--up 53% in DC, rushed decisions feared
413LooseDC Human Services Officials Fired--Barry appointees Dep Director and Welfare Office Chief given 15 days
415MillerUS Marshals Service to Pay DC $13M in back costs of 50 patients at St. E's ($6.5M frmSecret Service next?)
417HorwitzStudy Finds Drug Abuse at Heart of City's Ills--costs city $1.2B yearly (?) Mayor promises more remedial $
417Horwitz(cont)Parental Drug/Alcohol use involved in 85% of DC child protection cases, 75% of foster care cases
424GoldsteinWrong Hip Replaced at DC Hospital--25K operations per year--no similar mistakes in 100K prior opns
425StaffDC Teen Births Down 31% since 1991--all big cities drop: biggest in blacker cities, DC, Detroit, St.Louis
MAY, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
507MillerBig Contractor for Retarded Accused of Cheating DC--may have put $1.6M to personal home uses
511GoldsteinWilliams Shrinks Medicaid Extension Proposal from 39K to 2.5K--hospitals can't survive payment cuts
514GoldsteinDC Medicaid Deficit of $31.6M Predicted by Director Offner--Councilmember Allen claims bad estimating
515EditorSandy Allen's Medicaid Deficit--used Council chair clout to divert DC $9.5M, thus losing $22M fed match
516GoldsteinDC Helps Grtr SE Hospital Meet Payroll--2200 jobs for 320 bed, 40K emerg, 11K inpat load: $68M loss
518EditorWealth and Health--Council put tax cuts ahead of kids at risk--lousy DC stats still nation's worst
520SlevinBank Claims Grtr SE Hospital's $2.6M Medicaid Checks for $!0.6M debt--were cashed to meet payroll
520Goldstein3 on DC Council Want Medicaid Chief Offner Ousted--concocted projected shortfall? wants to close DC Gen'l?
520Loose3 Disabled Residents Evicted from DC Group Home by US Marshals--dispute with DCFamServ Corp
520StaffZoning Board Approves Contested $96M, 371-bed, 400Ksqft , 6-story GWU Hospital Site across 23rd StNW
521SlevinEmbattled Hospital Gets 12-day Reprieve--Judge Barnes says patients' interests outweight debt to bank
522StaffNew Task Force Meets First Time re future of GrtrSE Hospital--bankruptcy?, $25M loans?, Reorganize?
525EditorHospital Countdown--clock ticking--need long-term options for serving poor, mainly in SE--avoid shutdown
527ViseTask Force to Probe DC Medicaid--new IG Maddox received six reports of alleged fraud of 10s of M$
527HavemannMost US Adults Find Jobs After Leaving Welfare--65-85% get some jobs,earn $9500/yr on 32 hrs/wk
528GoldsteinCity Bailout Salves Grtr SE Hosp--files for bankruptcy, gets $8.5M credit--too few patients, too big staff
JUNE, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
605GoldsteinDC Seeks Balance in Health Care--Mayor to begin talks to reshape system, match needs, resources
607S. AllenCouncil Giving Health Care a Shot in the Arm--found mayor's proposalpremature--added $ elsewhere
607HilzenrathNursing Homes Shun (High-Cost) Medicare Patients--due to restrictive new payment system to control costs
607LengelComplaints of Abuse Drop at St. Elizabeth's--Receiver works to improve treatment,less restraints, etc.
608EditorMisshapen Health Care System--mayor's plan key--status quo makes taxpayers, uninsured patients losers
617Goldstein3 Hospitals in DC Ponder Consolidated Opns--Howard U, DC Gen'l, SE Community--work to reduce beds
618GoldsteinDC Mothers' Childbirth Deaths (22.8/100K) Still High--black avg (19.6) shows racial disparity: DC worse (25.7)
619StaffCity's Emergency Medical Services Director Leaving--admits too fewvehicles/personnel--higher pay
620ChapmanOpEdToo Many Beds, Too Few Patients--new commission should consolidate services, cut beds, close hospitals
620OffnerOpEdHard Medicaid Choices Ahead--HMO, hosp. rates up, coverage up. +1.5% budget means service cuts
624EditorRich (too many) Resources, Poor Health (stats)--Mayor right to reshape city's health care system
629GoldsteinDC's 7 Medicaid HMOs Cut Hospital Use--334 hospital-days/1000 recipients in '98 vs 670 in '96 w/o HMOs
629Goldstein(cont)DC Hospital Assn says Medicaid underestimates cuts in hospital use: 72.6K out of 125K now HMO-covered
JULY, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
701EditorHow to Spread HIV in DC--accept senate floor amendment to ban DC's needle-exchange program
701HorwitzDC Doesn't Meet '97 Adoption Law--Foster Care Agency may face cuts in federal funding for 3225 kids
707Gambrell(Gazz)Montgomery Cnty Health Good but Blacks Still Lag--much higher AIDS, diabetes, infant mortality rates
708GoldsteinUnfilled DC Positions Cause Frustration: choice to run 'drifting' DC Health Dept backs out at last minute
710StaffCouncil Approves Foster Care Changes to Comply w/ Fed rules re victim placement, avoid losing $Fed
711StaffDC to Spend $32M over 5 yrs to Update Child-support System issuing 5000 checks/wk (=$40M/yr)
712GoldsteinDC Gen'l Struggles w/Heat Wave--aging hospital eqpt old problem--Council denied maint $ for 10 yrs
717MobleyMD Welfare Rolls Decline 61% in state w/20.7M pop'n--from 172,840 to 68,750--about half of DC's
724GoldsteinImpasse over DC's Uninsured--mistrust between city, its hospitals blocking talks about reducing waste
624WheelerAn End to Demolition by Neglect--Williams pushes crackdown on neglect of historic sites--DCRA to police
AUGUST, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
805GoldsteinManagement Change Set for SE Hospital--control goes to 'turnaround specialists' who run 230 hospitals
811LooseDisputes Snarl $52M DC Welfare-to-work Plan for 13K recipients--city revokes contract of firm--did little
814StaffPast-Due Foster Care Bills to be paid for some 3000 kids' care--mayor, receiver have been bickering
816GoldsteinWilliams Considers Listing HIV Names--opponents prefer database with 'unique identifier' (UI) numbers
819StaffWilliams Eyes Possible Health Chief--Ivan Walks to become acting head on Sept 13--Council must OK
821HorwitzDCWon't List HIV Patients by Name--mayor accepts UI's to assure confidentiality, encourage testing
826ShearUnderused Pentagon City, Va, Hospital to Close as Joint Venture Fails--300 in staff serve 40 patients a day
831PanDC Mental Health Agency Assailed by Latino Protesters--longstanding contract cancelled--not low bidder
SEPTEMBER, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
912Chan/HarrisBetter Morgue, Bitter Staff--who criticize Arden who says he's sick, tired of 'mystifying culture of dysfunction'
913GoldsteinNew Health Agency Chief Confronts Multiple Ills--Ivan Walks designed new system for DC's 3200 foster kids
915GoldsteinCommission to Study Health Care Problems--caring for 80,000 uninsured residents, protect hospitals, etc.
917ChanHeath Care at Oak Hill Still Found Inadequate--report says youth center breaks court order
928CottmanDC Plans Children's Initiative--dozen DC agencies (!) to work together to improve kids' quality of life
OCTOBER, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
1001GoldsteinSE Hospital Needs More City Funds, Judge Says--286 beds/1000FTEs 'continues to hemorrhage money'
1002King OpEdWanted: Responsible Fathers--mayor's 'Safe Passages' program no substitute for responsible fathers
1003StaffCity Nears Deadline on Greater SE Community Hospital--$70M in debt despite city $8.5M bailout
1004GoldsteinUS Study Finds 1M w/o Health Coverage in '98--despite efforts to widen access, tot up to 44.3M (11M kids)
1004GoldsteinSE Hospital Gets $24M Bailout Offer from Arizona Firm--but officials fear take-over, want to keep jobs
1005EditorD-Day for Greater SE Hospital--OK to take DC Health Care Commission advice, but gotta care for needy
1005GoldsteinWilliams Rejects SE Hospital Taxpayer Bailout--advises officials to sell to private firm or liquidate
1008GoldsteinHospital Promotes Its Healing Powers--DC General emphasizes non-trauma services in ad campaign
1009GoldsteinDC Medicaid Director Offner Resigns after 4 years--had become 'radioactive' after battles w/PBC, Cncl
1009VogelSoldiers' Home Retains Right to Stay Open--can sell 49 acres to high bidder--Catholic U gets 1st refusal
1011HorwitzFoster Parents Protest Lag in DC Day-Care Payments--100 parents threaten to give up kids if not paid
1012GoldsteinDiagnosis: Denial--as Grtr SE Hospital faces closing, some await miracle cure--still expect DC bailout
1014GoldsteinCreditors Give SE Hospital 2 More Weeks to Find Backing--as 'at least one' new private offer surfaces
1015HorwitzDuplicate Payments--or None: Foster Care Accounting (by rcvr) Criticized by CFO Holt, IG called in
1016HorwitzFoster Care Official Blames Computers--CFO Holt faulted for public critique of CFS agency problems
1019GoldsteinMaryland Inspects Shady Grove Hospital--following medical staff complaints of overworked nurses
1020WilsonHelp For 12K Working Poor--Montgomery Council OKs $176 tax credit--'just the beginning', more ahead
1021StaffHoward University Nurses Authorize Strike--(subsequent walk-out lasts one day, 3-yr raises agreed on)
1022HorwitzFoster Payments Still Lag--100 providers behind months and several millions--most live in PG County
1026GoldsteinMD's Shady Grove Hospital Faces More Scrutiny--high nurse unrest threatens Medicare payments
1028StaffCreditors Give Greater SE Hospital yet Another Extension--still looking for best takeover deal
1028StaffDC Medicaid Program Director Selected--H H Weldon from GA to replace 'radioactive' Offner
1028CottmanNew Study Urges Changes in DC Foster Care--new staff would push for adoptions, hiring more lawyers
1029HorwitzMore Aid Sought for Mentally Ill--DC services to 9000 worsen under receiver, advocates tell judge
1030StaffDC Human Services Passes All-day Y2K Simulation exercises
NOVEMBER, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
1102HorwitzReforms Promised for Welfare Contracts--6000 families off welfare in 2.5 yrs, 13,000 elig. adults remain
1103StaffNotice of Sale of Greater SE Hospital Rescheduled--286 bed hospital $72M in debt: no sale? liquidate
1104GoldsteinDC Doctor Quits, Cites Antiabortion Threats at downtown clinic--even though threats decline from '93 peak
1104GoldsteinBuyer Backs Out , Won't Buy Grtr SE Hospital--qualms over price, eqpt inventory, fed overcharge suits
1105BabingtonClinton, Hastert Plan National Initiative in Poor Areas--differences narrowing on other budget issues
1105GoldsteinMD's Shady Grove Hospital Removes Two Top Officials--Board vows improved care, nursing
1106GoldsteinGrtr SE Hospital's Creditors Demand Liquidation--closure delayed over weekend for negotiations
1106MillerEx-Manager of Program for Retarded Indicted--DC official accused taking over $25K in gratuities
1107HilzenrathMedicare HMO Costs to Rise in DC Area--recipients at 4 plans to pay more after Jan 1, 2000
1109GoldsteinArizona Firm Offers Grtr SE Hospital $21M--creditors say deal 'riddled with loopholes': 1100 jobs at stake
1110GoldsteinPrince George's County Nursing Home Facing Loss of Funding--Medicare cut off for poor patient care
1112VogelDC Shelter Honors Its Own--survey shows number of homeless vets on the rise: 1/3 homeless are vets
1113EditorBetween the Cracks--more kids uninsured as parents come off welfare, lose Medicaid--deserve fed $'s
1114GoldsteinGrtr SE Hosp Sold--Judge OKs Arizona Grp's $22M bid, creditors eat $48M:liquid't'n worse; 2mos to set
1115WoodleeAudit Faults Finances For DC Foster Care--group home given double/triple payments, too many kids
1116GoldsteinMD Hospital Facing Loss of Accreditation--agency criticizes care at Shady Grove; 263 beds/1300 staff
1117GoldsteinMD Cites Mistakes at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital -- report suggests state takeover after rating dropped
1118EditorBill that Ought to Pass--retaining Medicare/caid for ex-welfarers stuck in 'record incompetent' Congress
1119EditorThe Next DC Health Care Issue--after Grtr SE Hosp, DC leaders must revamp costly/ineffficient system
1121LengelNew Hospitals to Replace St. Elizabeths--80 bldgs shrink to 8, 320 beds tot; use of 326-acres 'unclear'
1121LtrstoEdsWe Saved Our Hospital but Its Future Cloudy--Arizona firm runs another in Wd 8--big changes possible
1122EditorMD's Duty to the Poor--seize chance to expand state aid to kids in poverty: 1in8 in MD, 1in3 in Baltimore
1128LtrstoEdsDC's Dismal Record Helping Helpless--receivers haven't helped mental health, homeless, foster kids
DECEMBER, 1999HUMAN SERVICES
1201GoldsteinMD's Shady Grove Hospital Gave Out Big Raises--top pay well over $300K--top severance pay $3-4M for 2
1205BooInvisible Deaths, Fatal Neglect of DC Retarded--116 or more died questionably since '93 in group houses
1205HorwitzEmployment After Welfare Lags in DC--only 1559 have found work of 6000 off welfare; 18K at risk by '02
1205Gray OpEdBill of Rights for DC Kids: 3200 in foster care; 58% no father present; 16-25% teen preg; 50% drop-out, etc.
1206GoldsteinDC Vows Review of Deaths in Group Homes--care of retarded to face new interagency oversight panel
1207EditorDept of Inhuman Services--stop shielding those who mistreated retarded--get city's good name back
1207CottmanCity to Investigate Deaths--Williams promises accountability on group homes for retarded
1208GoldsteinLeaders Defend Shady Grove Hospital--errors exaggerated, officials tell Montgomery Council members
1208HorwitzDC Mental Health Chief Considers Furloughs, delayed raises--lacks $6.3M in funds to pay 2100 workers
1209StaffMayor Offers New Plan to Foster Adoption--of 3334 foster home kids--3.5 yr stay is 2x national average
1209BooDC Official Suspended in Probe of Group Homes for Retarded--death records apparently shredded
1209GoldsteinDC Weighs Options on Health Care for 80K Poor--tax credits to insurers? PBC cries foul if subsidy lost
1209Allen OpEdLife Support for Ailing Hospitals--reviews DC help, but problems not over for fragile DC hospitals
1217LooseDC Prenatal Care Worst of 50 Cities despite Medicaid--64% unwed,16% teens, 18% prem;13% under wt
1219GoldsteinWhitman-Walker Clinic for HIV/AIDS Tries to Recover from Troubles--new director ousted after 4 mos
1222EditorGroup Home Deaths: Week 3--DepMayor Graham not sure 'system broken' when will accountability come?

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