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Licensing Dispute Stops Hospice Operation

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 Compassionate Care Hospice in Lakeland has laid off 30 employees, lost 115 patients, and plans to shut down operations by next week due to a licensing dispute with the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Ledger of Lakeland reports.

AHCA told Compassionate Care hospice officials a month ago that it must immediately shut down operations because the company did not apply to renew its license, but company officials say that's a mistake.

According to the Ledger, the company has filed a request with the 1st District Court of Appeal to stop the shutdown and even asked state lawmakers for help.