Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA, which the textbook describes as a company where “health-care services and staffing … often took a back seat to the focus on profits.” The case study describes Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Charlotte as the focal point of a federal investigation that resulted in $1.7 billion in Medicare fraud fines.
The textbook points out that federal investigators alleged that Scott and another executive “were briefed routinely on issues relating to Medicare reimbursement claims that the government charged were fraudulent.” Scott resigned from the company and was never charged with any crimes.
Rick Scott And Jennifer Carroll In Briefly Happier Times
Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has come out swinging against Rick Scott, and she's hardly mincing words. Even though she promises a tell-all book later in the year, she's letting some tidbits fly now, and they're not going to help stem the tide of damage he's already done for himself with minorities.
One would ban an abortion if a doctor were able to determine that the fetus is "viable," while the other would make an exception if the mother's life were in danger, but only after two separate physicians determine that her life is in danger, so there's the chance that she could die while seeking "proof."
The National Organization for Women Florida Chapter and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, and union groups representing the health care workers in nursing homes, are among the groups that warned the measure will not only hurt residents of nursing homes but subject individual staff members to lawsuits while the owners are shieleded. [sic]
""The Florida Legislature just handed the nursing home industry a 'get of jail free card' in cases of abuse or neglect,'' said Brian Lee, director of Families for Better Care, a non-profit that advocates for senior rights and is heavily funded by Wilkes. "If enacted, the nefarious operators, those who cut staffing and care budgets just to maximize profits, will be exonerated from ALL wrongdoing."
He predicted that nursing homes will take advantage of this new shield on liability and warned that "care that's bad now is about to get whole lot worst."
The measure would stop Wilkes’ strategy in Florida by preventing “passive investors” from being named in a lawsuit unless a court determines they have had an active role. Wilkes contends the bill is written too broadly to describe who is considered a passive investor and restricts discovery in such a way that it will make it more difficult to persuade a judge that there is a link between the investor and the nursing home.
The legislation also shows the power of political contributions to buy into the session's agenda. The nursing home industry spent $2.4 million on political campaigns in 2012 and has contributed another $903,000 on legislative campaigns so far this cycle. Wilkes and McHugh, by contrast, have given $18,000 this election cycle to legislative campaigns.
If you follow the philosophy that says you can tell a lot about people by how they treat children and the elderly, many in the Florida legislature are without a doubt some of the worst people you'll ever come across.
In a state that has more than our share of less than quality conditions in nursing homes, what incentives would profiteers have to do the right thing?
Say, for instance, an investor like Illinois Republican candidate Bruce Rauner, the former chairman of GTCR, a company that invested in nursing homes, like this one in Florida:
"People have died (in) nursing homes, because of the way Bruce Rauner and his friends have invested in these homes," said Dillard, while talking with reporters about a series of court awards against the business venture in lawsuits alleging patient abuse and neglect.
At issue are lawsuit awards in a half-dozen wrongful death and patient-neglect cases that at one point totaled more than $2.3 billion, as well as allegations by personal injury attorneys that GTCR and other nursing home investors failed to provide proper funding for care and later moved to shield assets to avoid paying damage claims.
In one 2012 case, a jury awarded $900 million in damages for neglect involving a man who had been in a Gainesville, Fla., nursing home. But in December, a Florida state appeals court overturned the award and sent it back to the trial court, saying the trial judge had erred by preventing the defense from making its case. Last July, another $1.1 billion judgment was handed down in a 2007 wrongful death of a Florida woman, but that award was put on hold as part of the bankruptcy proceedings, court documents show.
So what do you think? Will Rick Scott, the governor who made a name for himself with a company that set the record for Medicare fraud sign this bill into law?
Rick Scott isn't a big fan of facts. He's also not a fan of allowing the media to question him on the facts, so he avoids both.
Now, even though the claim has been debunked by fact-checkers, his political committee "Let's Get To Work" is still running an ad that repeats the untrue statement that “300,000 in Florida lost coverage” because of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."
As for health care in general, and "Obamacare" in particular, Republicans are going all out in Florida to convince everyone that the Affordable Care Act is bad, (or "toxic," the current GOP buzzword) and no one wants health care, which makes no sense and has no basis in reality. Because in the Republican bubble, facts don't matter.
Case in point, the current GOP Twitter bombing of Obamacare (with bonus mocking of other Democrats, like Charlie Crist and Nancy Pelosi) in Florida, facts be damned:
Gaetz sold the company in 2004 to its current owner, Cincinnati-based Chemed, and reportedly no longer owns any shares or has any affiliation with the company. Chemed operates hospice services in 18 states including Florida.
The suit, filed on the eve of the final day of the legislative session, alleges that the Chemed and its hospice subsidiaries defrauded Medicare by billing Medicare for patients who were not eligible for hospice care, and for charging Medicare for crisis care given to patients who either didn’t need it or never received it.
Gaetz, R-Niceville, who was elected to the Senate in 2006, said through a spokeswoman late Wednesday that the DOJ complaint involves issues that occurred after he left the company.
Rick Scott was never charged with Medicare fraud, but his former company received the largest fine for Medicare fraud in history.
If there is such a club for alleged Medicare fraudsters, they must not only have a secret formula for billing, but they're really bad at math. Last time I checked my calendar, 2002 came before 2004, when Gaetz sold the company. He may claim to have "left" the company before this occurred, but he still owned it during that time.
Charging Medicare for crisis care given to terminally ill patients who either didn’t need it or never received it? Classy!
“Only God can judge. But we can sure set up the meeting.”
So quick to judge! If these allegations are true, may justice be just as swift in this case, but something tells me Gaetz's lawyers will take all the time they need, and then some, to defend him and the company.
When it comes to Republicans in the alleged Medicare Fraudsters Club, and the Florida Capital, membership has its privileges.