Applying the False Claims Act to Chemical and Physical Restraint Cases: Is the Government Going Too Far?

Amie E. Schaadt


On August 6, 2002, Jeanne W. Price, a 79-year-old Alzheimer’s patient at the Central Montgomery Medical Center (CMMC), died while in a restraining device called a Posey vest. The CMMC staff used the restraint to keep Ms. Price from wandering the halls of the medical center by confining her in bed.1 When the patient later attempted to get out of bed, she slipped off the side, causing the vest to tighten around her chest. She soon died of asphyxiation. An attorney for the family stated that the patient may have been left unattended for up to an hour.

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