CNN Program on Managed Care Suicide Cases, June 20th and 21st (fwd)

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Fri, 11 Jun 1999 19:46:17 -0400 (EDT)


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Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 06:53:45 +0200
From: FDS <dougstephenson@xtalwind.net>

Subject: CNN Program on Managed Care Suicide Cases, June 20th and 21st

Listies:.....FYI, from the NCMHPC,......and don't forget to strongly support
'RHCD' (Rescue Health Care Day) April 1, 2000.    ........FDS
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> PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO ALL E-MAIL LISTS
> AND INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED
>
> Dear all,
>
> CNN is planning to air a program on suicide and managed care.  The
> program, Newstand - Time, a news magazine, will give this subject 2/3 of
the
> hour, i.e., two segments.  Assuming there are no new national or global
> crises to cover before then, the program will air on June 20 (Sunday) and
> June 21 (Monday) at 8pm EST (check local listings in other time zones;
> probably 8pm in other times zones, too).
>
> The program will feature two stories - one of a 15 year-old boy and
> one of a 68 year-old man, both of whom killed themselves within hours of
> being discharged from a hospital by their managed care companies against
the
> wishes of their doctors and families.  The father of the boy, Mr.
Moscovitch,
> from Connecticut, and the Moscovitch family's lawyer, Karen Koskoff, of
> Bridgeport, CT will discuss the insurer's role in the boy's suicide.  The
> Moscovitch boy clearly told staff he would kill himself if they discharged
> him, and the managed care company allegedly knew this...but discharged him
> anyway.  The boy hung himself and died a few hours after the discharge.
The
> story of Mr. Plocica, the 68 year-old man, will be told by Mr. Plocica's
> wife, son, and daughter, who live in Texas.  Desipite a long history of
> depression and recent suicide attempts, the managed care company
discharged
> Mr. Plocica, who went home and drank anti-freeze.
>
> Karen Shore, Ph.D., President of the National Coalition of Mental
> Health Professionals and Consumers, the organization that initiated Rescue
> Health Care Day (April 1, 2000; see www.nomanagedcare.org), is scheduled
to
> appear in both segments to provide explanation and discussion about how
> managed care has harmed mental health care.  Russ Newman, Ph.D., J.D.,
> Executive Director of the American Psychological Association's Practice
> Directorate may also be appearing in the program.  CNN's correspondent,
Art
> Harris, presents the stories and did the interviewing.
>
> I'll send out another reminder during the week before the broadcast.
>
> Regards to all,
> Karen Shore
>