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Hospital System Challenges State Over Medicaid Repayments

Nov 21, 2019
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A Broward County hospital system has filed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that the state improperly recouped Medicaid money that had gone to hospitals for providing emergency care to undocumented immigrants. 

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.

 

Broward Hospital Leaders Indicted On Sunshine Charges

Dec 13, 2017
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Four current and former North Broward Hospital District commissioners and the district's general counsel have been indicted on misdemeanor charges that they violated the state's open-government law in the firing of former interim President and CEO Pauline Grant.

Judge Says South Broward Should Get Transplant Programs

May 5, 2016

In a dispute between two public-hospital districts, an administrative law judge Wednesday said the South Broward Hospital District should get approval to open kidney-transplant programs for children and adults.

Arguments Set In Dispute Over Immigrant ER Care

Apr 27, 2016
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An appeals court will hear arguments June 7 in a long-running dispute between the state Agency for Health Care Administration and more than two-dozen hospitals about Medicaid payments for providing emergency care to undocumented immigrants.

The 1st District Court of Appeal scheduled the arguments Monday in the hospitals' challenge to a ruling last year by an administrative law judge, according to an online docket. The case has involved major hospital systems across the southern part of the state and the Tampa Bay area, such as Lee Memorial Health System, the North Broward Hospital District and hospitals that are part of the Tenet Healthcare system.

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In recent months, hospital systems in Florida have paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to settle allegations of illegally compensating physicians. According to Modern Healthcare, those huge settlements are catching the attention of other potential whistleblowers.

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The Justice Department has reached a $69.5 million settlement with the North Broward Hospital District in South Florida, which was accused in a lawsuit of having improper financial relationships with doctors who referred patients to the district.

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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

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.

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.