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Feds Join Suit Against Hospitalist Co.

The federal government has joined a whistleblower lawsuit against a company that provides doctors and other health professionals to work in hospitals in Florida and many other states. IPC The Hospitalist Group operates practice groups in Jacksonville, Ocala, Southwest Florida, Tampa, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County and Orlando.

According to the lawsuit, the company repeatedly pressured its doctors to submit bills that would bring in more revenue than warranted, the Naples Daily News reports (paywall alert).

Hospitalists are physicians who are based in hospitals to coordinate patients’ care from admission to discharge.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.