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Letter: Nursing home probe needs transparency

Medicare paid billions in taxpayer dollars to nursing

Medicare paid billions in taxpayer dollars to nursing homes nationwide that were not meeting basic requirements to look after their residents, government investigators have found. Credit: iStock

"Death of a patient" [News, April 19], about five health care workers going on trial after the death of a resident at a Medford nursing home, reminds us that there is a fine line between criminal behavior, negligence and errors in judgment by medical professionals when there is an unexpected event.

Although it is important that there is an investigation -- in this case, by the state Department of Health -- the inquiry is secret. If this were a plane crash or train wreck, details would be shared with the public.

With a patient's death, the doors get closed and even the family is kept out of the conversation. This is where changes need to be made.

Ilene Corina, Wantagh

Editor's note: The writer is president of PULSE of NY, a nonprofit advocating for patient safety.