U.S. Justice Department

The Justice Department said Friday that it had reached settlements totaling more than $250 million with hundreds of hospitals where doctors implanted cardiac devices in violation of Medicare coverage requirements.

Florida Department of Corrections

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the death in a scalding shower of a Florida prisoner and may conduct a broader civil rights probe into allegations of abuse of mentally ill inmates.

Existence of the criminal investigation into the 2012 death of Darren Rainey, 50, was confirmed in a recent Justice Department letter to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which last year requested the probe.

A South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorial says that Florida is failing in its care for disabled children.  A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice accused the state of not doing enough to care for disabled children, while the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration found the suit to be “disruptive.”  The editorial slams AHCA and other Florida agencies for the lack of options when it comes to caring for disabled children.

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking between $300 million and $600 million in damages in the whistleblower case against Halifax Health, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.  (Editor’s note: Readers may encounter a paywall.)

The sum that prosecutors mentioned in court filings represents just over $100 million in actual damages to Medicare and Medicaid, while the remainder would be penalties.