Southeast Florida Roundup
‘Corrupt trough' – The North Broward Health District hits a low
In the last 18 months, the long-corrupt, long-dysfunctional, taxpayer-supported North Broward Health District hospital system, which now goes by the name Broward Health, set new marks for trouble. The district agreed to pay a $70-million federal health care fraud settlement over improper payments to doctors. A CEO killed himself. His interim replacement was sacked over concerns about a violation of federal anti-kickback law. A state inspector general started reviewing suspect contracts. A suspended member of the board that oversees the district sued the governor for reinstatement. An independent review organization, which the district had to hire as part of its settlement with the feds, complained of being stonewalled by the system’s chief compliance officer. The FBI is said to be investigating purchasing. All this on top of what’s seen as a history of insider dealing.
The district “has always been a corrupt trough of money,” says Alan Levine, once Florida’s Secretary of Health Care Administration.
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