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Hospice License Expires, Threatened With Shutdown

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

  A Lakeland hospice that didn’t renew its license in February will not have to shut down as the Agency for Health Care Administration had previously ordered, the Ledger of Lakeland reports.

ACHA lawyers had threatened fines and closure of Compassionate Care Hospice of Central Florida Inc., but backed off its demands at an emergency hearing Wednesday, according to the Ledger.

A lawyer for the hospice group claims company officials sent in paperwork to renew the license, the Ledger reports. The company filed a lawsuit against the state in Circuit Court in Bartow asking to stop the shutdown and requesting the emergency hearing.

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