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Sickened Over Hospice Profits, Cheating

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

In a column in the Orlando Sentinel, Scott Maxwell shares his outrage over questionable profits in hospice care, especially since he has helped promote it over the years.

Maxwell is especially furious over what happened at Hospice of the Comforter, where the CEO was getting $200,000 in bonuses -- for admitting patients who weren’t actually dying -- and billing taxpayer-funded Medicare for some of that care.

Maxwell is now “madder than ever” after learning Hospice brokered a deal with the federal government that only requires it to pay back $3 million for $10 million in Medicare fraud. 

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