Posts Tagged ‘Pam Bondi’

State Denies Forcing Disabled Kids Into Nursing Homes

September 13, 2012

By Carol Marbin Miller, The Miami Herald

Florida healthcare administrators will visit hundreds of medically fragile children living in geriatric nursing homes, and speak with their parents, to determine whether families are being forced to abandon their youngsters in institutions, as federal civil rights lawyers are claiming.

Almost a week after the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division released a grim report that accused the state of warehousing sick and disabled children in adult nursing homes, the leaders of two state health agencies insisted the state was in “full compliance” with federal laws that require governments to house and treat disabled people in community settings, whenever possible. (more…)

Feds Slam Florida for Warehousing Disabled Kids

September 7, 2012

By Carol Marbin Miller, The Miami Herald

Florida health and disability administrators have been systematically dumping sick and disabled children — some of them babies — in nursing homes designed to care for elders, in violation of the youngsters’ civil rights, the U.S. Justice Department says in a report.

Hundreds of Florida children are spending their formative years in hospital-like institutions, sometimes growing up in the equivalent of hospital rooms with virtually no education or socialization, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division wrote in a 22-page letter to Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi’s office is defending the state against a previously filed lawsuit that claims the institutionalization of children violates federal law. (more…)

Attorney General’s Office Arrests Okaloosa County Resident for $270,000 in Medicaid Fraud

August 21, 2012

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced this week that an Okaloosa County resident was arrested and charged with three counts of Medicaid fraud for allegedly billing more than $270,000 for services under the Medicaid Developmentally Disabled Waiver Program. With the assistance of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, took Victoria Walker, Executive Director of Abilities Center of Northwest Florida, Inc., into custody. (more…)

Medicaid Expanding Fraud Control Unit in South Florida

August 9, 2012
By James Call, The Florida Current

Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is establishing an operational headquarters in south Florida as part of a crackdown on white-collar crime. James Mann, the unit’s deputy director, on Wednesday told the Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force that he is being reassigned to south Florida to run it.

“The majority of the fraud seems to be coming out of south Florida (so) the attorney general has asked us to put an emphasis on criminal prosecution in that area,” Mann said. (more…)

Historic $3 Billion Settlement Reached With GlaxoSmithKline

July 3, 2012

Global health care giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) agreed to plead guilty and to pay $3 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful promotion of certain prescription drugs for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, its failure to report certain safety data, and its civil liability for alleged false price reporting practices, the Justice Department announced. GSK also offered kickbacks to medical professionals. The resolution is the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history and the largest payment ever by a drug company.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi Removes Two Top Medicaid Fraud Investigators

March 16, 2012

By Tia Mitchell, The Tampa Bay Times

TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi demoted the head of her Medicaid fraud investigative unit and fired another top staffer this week, citing reports of poor leadership and employee discontent.

Patrick Kelly, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s chief of law enforcement investigations, was fired Wednesday. Unit director David Lewis was also removed from his position, though he will continue to work in the Attorney General’s Office. (more…)

Bondi: Feds’ Power Grab Must Be Stopped

March 12, 2012

By Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General

Florida and more than half of the states in the nation have challenged the federal government’s Affordable Care Act because it deprives Americans of their individual liberty and violates the United States Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to enforce constitutional limitations on federal authority — or, conversely, whether to allow the federal government to dominate states and individuals to the point of dictating day-to-day decisions. (more…)

AG Bondi’s Office Arrests HH Aide for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $35,000

March 7, 2012

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on February 29 that a Broward county resident is in custody after being charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of more than $35,000. Clifford Edouard, 53, a home health aide for National Nursing Pool, Inc. in Miramar, was arrested today on a felony warrant by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. (more…)

Attorney General Bondi’s Office and the Miami-Dade Police Department Arrest Couple for Nearly Half a Million Dollars in Medicaid Fraud

December 2, 2011

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced today that a Miami-Dade couple is in custody after being charged with defrauding the Florida Medicaid program out of nearly $500,000. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested Maratib Hashmi and Nasim Hashmi, both 61, of Miami, on felony warrants by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. (more…)

St. Pete Times: Health Care Reforms are Working

October 3, 2011

Editorial published in The St. Petersburg Times

As expected, the fate of federal health care reforms to improve access and affordability will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, which begins its new term today. The Justice Department asked the court last week to review an appellate ruling on Florida’s legal challenge. The stakes are high. As various elements of the law have gone into effect, the benefits are becoming even more obvious. Health insurance security for young adults has markedly increased, and the nightmare scenario of insurance costs rising for seniors in private plans has failed to materialize. The Affordable Care Act is working, and the proof is in the numbers. (more…)