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South Florida continues to have the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the country, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention.

On average, for every hundred thousand Americans, about 15 people were diagnosed with HIV in 2016, the most recent year of data analyzed by the CDC.

On the afternoon of Feb. 14, Fawn Patterson got a call from her daughter telling her to come to the hospital.

Broward Health Medical Center received seven patients after Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. They were all kids.

Leaders of Broward Health’s public hospital system met for a board meeting Wednesday to finalize their nine-month-long search for a new CEO, despite several of them facing criminal charges. 

The board voted 4-1 to offer the interim CEO, Beverly Capasso, a contract to be the president and CEO, at least until a federal oversight agreement ends,  which will be sometime in 2020. 

 

Broward Health operates five public hospitals that serve the majority of people living in central and northern Broward County. This week, five of the agency’s board members were indicted on charges of violating Florida’s open government law, also known as the Sunshine Law. 

The charges could affect the health system’s national search for a new CEO.

 

Court Sides With Hospital, Psychiatrist In Man's Death

Jul 20, 2016

An appeals court Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against a Broward County hospital and a psychiatrist in the death of a former patient who overdosed a day after being discharged from the hospital.

The embattled chairman of the Broward Health Board of Directors resigned Thursday, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Scott Seeks To Keep Hospital Chairman Suspended

Apr 13, 2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appealing a judge's order that the governor reinstate the chairman of the board that oversees several public hospitals in Broward County.

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The chairman of the board at the embattled Broward Health Hospital District is challenging Gov. Rick Scott's decision to suspend him from the post, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Scott Suspends Broward Hospital Board Members Amid Probe

Mar 20, 2016
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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday suspended two board members, including the chairman, of the North Broward Hospital District because of concerns about interference in an inspector general's investigation of possible wrongdoing at the district.

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The Florida Attorney General’s Office has rejected a request from Broward Health’s board to hold private meetings over investigations under way by the FBI and the state inspector general, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

A private investigator says he spent a year looking into wrongdoing at the Broward Health system at the request of its CEO, who died last week from suicide, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, president and CEO of Broward Health and an active member of the state’s Board of Medicine and Safety Net Hospital Alliance, died Saturday from what law enforcement is calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hospital Districts Square Off Over Kidney Transplants

Oct 13, 2015
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Two Broward County hospital districts are in a legal dispute about which one of them should be allowed to offer an adult kidney-transplant program, according to documents filed in the state Division of Administrative Hearings.

FL Whistleblower Wary Of Hospitals Hiring Docs

Oct 7, 2015
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There is a good chance that your once-independent doctor is now employed by a hospital. Dr. Michael Reilly, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., orthopedic surgeon, does not believe this is good for physicians, patients or society.

For years he watched Broward Health, a nonprofit Florida hospital system, hire community doctors, pay them millions and minutely track the revenue they generated from admissions, procedures and tests.

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Questionable salaries of several Broward Health cardiologists is a central complaint in a whistleblower lawsuit that led to a recent $69.5 million settlement, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. The federal government challenged the hours reported by “medical directors” at Broward Health, according to the Sun Sentinel.

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North Broward Hospital District's Broward Health has offered nearly $70 million to settle allegations the taxpayer-supported health district committed Medicare and Medicaid fraud, the Florida Bulldog reports.

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The City of Coral Springs may have to pay back nearly $430,000 in fire assessment fees it collected from the Coral Springs Medical Center, which is run by the North Broward Hospital District, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach last week upheld a lower court’s ruling that the fee is a tax, and governments cannot tax other governments, according to the Sun Sentinel

  A hospital social worker is suing Broward Health, saying officials refused to let her return to work after she underwent a double mastectomy and refused to undergo a health screening, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Federal authorities haven’t publicly accused taxpayer supported Broward Health of submitting bogus claims to Medicare and Medicaid, but the health system still has racked up a $10.2 million tab for legal advice, the Florida Bulldog reports.

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A prominent Fort Lauderdale cardiologist under investigation for Medicaid and Medicare fraud signed a new contract with Broward Health featuring a pay cut and a new agreement to treat poor patients, the Florida Bulldog reports. 

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Tampa General Hospital and Florida Hospital are partnering to build a $60-million “healthplex,” start a home care agency and offer hospice care, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

Why did Gov. Rick Scott appoint Kimberly Kisslan to the Broward Health governing board even though she apparently played some role in a corruption case in 2007? Broward Bulldog is reporting on several clues.

North Broward Hospital District Commissioner Kimberly Kisslan has resigned her post amid an inquiry by the governor’s office and reports by the Broward Bulldog about her testimony.  She had been granted immunity when testifying before a federal grand jury investigating “disgraced” sheriff Ken Jenne, the Broward Bulldog reports. Broward Health is one of the biggest tax-supported public health systems in the country. 

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A judge’s ruling has forced North Broward Hospital District to settle a malpractice lawsuit filed by the estate of Robert P. Kelley, a former district administrator for Florida's former Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

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Broward Health has agreed to pay Ryan Tannehill, quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, $100,000 or more a year to let the hospital system use his name and photo, the Broward Bulldog reports. The hospital system said it’s a good marketing deal, but some question the use of taxpayer dollars. 

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Broward Health Commissioner David Di Pietro said the healthy system could owe up to $100 million in civil liability related to a federal investigation, according to the Broward Bulldog.

A state-ordered study has placed the health system’s fair market value at $271-$320 million if it were to lose its local tax support.