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Emergency room doctor arrested in illegal drug manufacturing bust – Corvallis Gazette Times

Agents from Linn County Interagency Narcotic Enforcement raided two homes early this week, one in Scio and another in Corvallis, arresting six people and discovering an illegal drug manufacturing operation, according to Albany Police Capt. Eric Carter.

The investigation focused on the unlawful manufacture of the marijuana extract known as butane hash oil, or butane honey oil. The oil is used to make extremely potent cannabinoid edibles or can be smoked or vaporized, which is commonly known as “dabbing.”

The activities involved a legal substance but are criminal because of the quantity the suspects possessed, and because the group was manufacturing BHO without a state license.

Officers in Corvallis raided a home in the2700 block of Marshall Drive, where they arrested Mark Craig Rose, 61, an emergency room doctor with Samaritan Health Services, reporting he had an inactive BHO lab and three 55-gallon drums of marijuana.

Rose was originally booked into the Linn County Jail for charges related to the Scio raid, but was later transferred to the Benton County Jail. He faces two counts of manufacturing marijuana items, two counts of delivery of marijuana, and two counts of possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana.

Records also indicate that Rose owns the property at 36585 Crackerneck Drive in Scio, where agents discovered an active BHO lab and about 6.5 pounds of BHO. As a result of both raids, officers seized 200 pounds of marijuana, a quantity of Ecstasy, and user amounts of methamphetamine.

George Joseph Nelson, 42, of Scio was arrested for manufacture of marijuana items, delivery of marijuana, and possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana.

Jeremiah Alexander Hart, 42, of Corvallis, was arrested for manufacture of marijuana items, possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, and possession of methylenedioxymeth, or Ecstasy.

In addition, Jennifer Marie Pechar, 40, of Scio, was cited and released for possession of methamphetamine and frequenting a place where drugs are manufactured and sold; Kimberly Jeanet Wolf, 36, of Lebanon, was cited forfrequenting a place where drugs are manufactured and sold; and James Eugene Mobley, 33, of Lebanon, was cited for frequenting a place where drugs are manufactured and sold.

The Linn County Regional SWAT Team, Corvallis Police Department, and lab teams from the Oregon State Police and the DEA Eugene office assisted inthe arrests and warrant service.

TheLinn County Interagency Narcotic Enforcement team was established after the county was designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in 2016. The team is comprised of investigators from the Linn County Sheriffs Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon State Police, DEA and Oregon National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said the cases will be tried in Linn County despite the raid in Corvallis.

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Bethesda mistakenly bills woman $1000 after ER waiting room visit – WCPO

Judy Burton said was feeling some pains on a recent Saturday night.

So the Liberty Township, Ohio woman rushed to the emergency room at the new Bethesda Butler Hospital just outside Hamilton.

“I signed in at the receptionist’s desk, and she put a little hospital band on my wrist, and told me to go to the waiting room,” Burton said.

Forty-five minutes and a few magazines later, she said her pain subsided.

“And I said ‘I’m not going to sit here,’ because I had no idea how much longer I would have to wait to see a nurse,” she said.

So she went home.

Quick visit, huge bill

But a couple of weeks later she was hit by a different kind of pain. This was in the form of a hospital bill for $1,059.

“For sitting in their chair in the waiting room, and I never saw anybody,” Burton said.

At first, she didn’t think much of it, figuring it was just a simple clerical error. She suspected Bethesdabilled her for a full emergency room visit, not realizing she had left.

But when she called, Burton said the hospital would not drop the charges. She said they would only offer a payment plan.

“She told me ‘we can give you financial assistance.’ And I said ‘I’m not paying it. I never saw a nurse or a doctor, no vitals were taken. I just sat in your chair,'” Burton said.

Then she said it got even worse.

“The woman said you will be turned over to collections,” Burton said. “And I thought ‘oh my gosh!'”

ER billing surprises common

Pat Palmer, a nationally known patient advocate with,said emergency room surprises are common everywhere.

“We are paying extreme costs that are not necessary,” she said.

Palmer said she commonly sees itemized bills for things ranging from $11 tissues to $50 latex gloves, which can send a simple visit for a stomach ache soaring well into the hundreds of dollars. From the moment you check in, and they put a wrist band on you, costs can start accruing.

Palmer said if you feel you were overcharged during an ER visit:

Some good news

After WCPOcontacted TriHealth, which runs Bethesda Butler Hospital, spokesman Joe Kelly said Burton’s situation was all a big error.

It turns out, she should not have been billed $1,000 to sit in the waiting room, Kelly said.

“We inadvertently did not remove her visit from our tracking system when she left, and a bill was processed when it should not have been,” he said. “We have taken steps to ensure this situation does not happen again.” (Please see below for his complete statement).

TriHealthremoved the entire charge, he said. Burton said the hospital also sent her flowers to apologize.

Lesson learned

There’s a lesson here for everyone who ever gets a hospital or doctor bill that looks wrong. Don’t simply pay it, and assume you’ll mention it to the office staff next time you visit.

Demand they itemize the charges, let them know you are disputing it and then carefully detail the mistakes in writing. That way, you don’t waste your money.


Full statement from TriHealth

“The patient registered for medical care at a TriHealth facility but ultimately chose not to receive care.

We inadvertently did not remove her visit from our tracking system when she left and a bill was processed when it should not have been. We have taken steps to ensure this situation does not happen again.

When we learned of the error, we immediately reached out to the patient by phone and certified mail to extend a formal apology. We also removed the charge from her account and cancelled the claim with her insurance company.

In addition, we conducted a review to determine how the mistake was made so that it would not happen again. We value all of our customers and strive to provide the highest quality, most accurate billing service possible. We apologize for our mistake.

We encourage every patient and customer who has any questions regarding billing to call our customer service number immediately so we can resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”

Joe Kelly, TriHealth Spokesman


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Medical Monday-When to go to the Emergency Room vs. Your Primary Care Physician – WAGM

When youre sick, its hard enough to function, much less try and decide where to go to see a doctor. Pines Health Services is sending out pamphlets to help with Cary Medical Centers overcrowded emergency room.

“The ER is extremely busy. Every single bed I think even the hallways are full. Patients are in the waiting room that might be able to be seen here so we really can take away the wait time in the ER making it more convenient for the patient,” said RN Practice Manager Libby Gardner.

To help with overcrowding, Pines health services is educating the community on when to see a primary care physician or head to the Emergency room.

“So we sent out five thousand mailers today to community members just stating the differences for where they should seek treatment,” said Gardner.

The pamphlet includes when to see your primary care physician including sprains, sports injuries, and even getting a pregnancy test.

“The reason that were doing this is because weve seen an influx of patients going to the ER seeking treatment there rather than coming here to see a primary care provider. Seeing increase wait times, costs, those kinds of things when were readily available to help here,” said Gardner.

But if youre experiencing a symptom with more severity Gardner says you should be going to the emergency room.

“If someone is experiencing some chest pain, numbness on one side of the body, those are signs of a much more severe condition and they should seek expert advice in the emergency department,” said Gardner.

Gardner also says you could be saving money if you see your primary doctor rather than heading to the ER.

“If you come to your primary care physician depending on the insurance that you have or copay. If you go to the emergency department you might have a copay thats 5 times as high than coming to the office,” said Gardner.

In order to encourage patients to come in to see their primary care physicians Gardner says the staff at pines health does their best to see their patients as soon as possible.

“We strive to be able to get our own patients in the very same day that they are calling with their needs. Although they may not see their own primary care provider we have a team of providers ready to help who have access to a patient’s medical records making it a safe, smoother transition for the patient,” said Gardner.

And when in doubt, call your physician to determine where you should go.

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