Hospital "rating" organization The LeapFrog Group and RW Foundation facing multimillion lawsuit for Fraud
Brian Evans, the son of Helen Marie Bousquet (www.helenbousquet.com), says he intends to file a multimillion dollar lawsuit for fraud against The LeapFrog Group, a company that rates hospitals and claims to be non-profit. It is funded in part by the RW Johnson Foundation, but hospitals pay dues as well to LeapFrog Group. LeapFrog Group then rates them.
"It`s the best rating money can buy," says Evans, in his opinion. "They rarely step foot into the hospital, and rate the hospital based on questionnaires the hospital itself answers. That same hospital pays LeapFrog dues and receives a rating based on the hospitals own answers."
Evans says he wants to know the salaries of those involved in the non-profit, and has filed a complaint with the DC Attorney General`s office, who has been communicating with Evans. Evans has also filed a complaint that seeks to challenge LeapFrog`s 501 (c) status.
The American Hospital Association has a problem with this as well. "I believe their "rating" contributed to my mother`s choice to go there. Unfortunately for my mother, she didn`t realize how worthless a rating it is. Steward Health Care System touts this rating as if it means jack. In my opinion, it does not."
Evans contacted LeapFrog Group after his mother died at a hospital they rated on October 5th, 2012, The Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts (a Steward Health Care System hospital).
"I wrote LeapFrog`s CEO, Leah Binder. She then wrote me a letter on December 3rd, then telephoned me to invite me to Maryland to meet with her. She then states in an email to me "your mother would want us to talk." I then go public (see: http://www.submitpressrelease123.com/leapfrog-group-now-supports-son-of-holy-family-hospital-patient-helen-bousquet_2905.html) with the letter from Leah Binder, who is LeapFrog`s CEO, but then she stopped responding to me when she realized I`d published her letter to me on the internet as part of a press release."
Eleven days later, they (LeapFrog Group) provide a new rating that is posted on the Holy Family Hospital. (See: http://www.steward.org/news/Holy-Family/Holy-Family-Hospital-Awarded-an-A-for-Patient-Safety-by-Hospital-Safety-Score). This despite their letter stating the ratings were from 2011 in their original letter to Evans. "Between writing me that letter, and December 14th, they provided a new hospital-self-answered driven rating to the hospital without ever walking into the hospital between the time she wrote me the letter, and eleven days later when she gave them a "new rating." Just what do you think happened between the time I went public with the letter she wrote me, and her telling me on the phone "I think you should go after them," and her sudden and "new rating" just 11 days later,
On December 23rd, just 9 days later, nurses protest the very same hospital for lack of staffing. (See: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2012/12/23/nurses-say-staffing-too-low-holy-family-hospital-methuen/qY3ZU5GpHVzJVtqXCvY9xL/story.html)."
So tell me, how do you get an "A" rating when the hospital`s own nurses are protesting the hospital that they don`t have enough nurses to treat the patient`s just days after you`ve given the hospital that "A" rating?
The American Hospital Association agrees there`s a problem, as they`ve issued various concerns about LeapFrog Group, as has other organizations (see www.leahbinder.com). "The Attorney General`s office in Washington, DC has been in touch with me over my allegations. I have been providing them with information over the last several weeks that they have requested. I also filed a complaint with the IRS to challenge LeapFrog`s 501(c) status. In my opinion, they are nothing more than "Questionnaire Printers," who found a way to make "caring" profitable. It`s just utter nonsense, and the IRS gives them 501(c) status to be nothing more than a printer with a website that markets interest in hospital care."
Evans has also been in discussions with the FBI, and continues to provide them with information that they have requested he continue to forward them.
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