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Taxpayers’ tab for Broward Health’s lawyers (not counting defense of indicted leaders)

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Health expects to pay outside law firms nearly $1 million more this year than in 2017, with its annual legal expenses now budgeted at more than $6.1 million. Those expenses don’t include any additional legal costs to indemnify at taxpayer expense five current and former Broward Health officials under indictment since December.
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Broward Health goes dark; Gov. Scott clams up

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Things are getting stranger at Broward Health. On Friday, the taxpayer subsidized public hospital system began refusing to provide requested public information. On Monday, the governor’s office declined to explain why Rick Scott hasn’t suspended indicted district leaders.
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Broward Health looks to give fat bonuses to leadership, including two under indictment

Monday, March 26th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
With its top leadership under indictment and its top doctors openly warning that mismanagement is affecting healthcare, Broward Health is poised to award $7.2 million in bonuses to its highest executives and managers.
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As Broward Health bleeds, doctors warn mismanagement is affecting health care

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Health’s top doctors have warned the district’s leadership that the medical staff’s ability to function “is being compromised to the detriment of Broward Health as a viable health care system.”
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Broward Health’s new policy: You want public records? Pay me

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Rocked by scandal and run by leaders under criminal indictment for violating Florida’s Sunshine Law, Broward Health is now moving aggressively to choke off disclosure of potentially embarrassing public records.
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Broward Health: More whistleblowing and Wednesday’s board meeting of the indicted

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Whistleblower lawsuits filed separately by Broward Health’s deposed CEO and chairman are adding fresh details about the corruption scandal that’s engulfed the taxpayer-backed hospital system.
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Grand jury ‘could indict them all’ soon for Sunshine law violations at Broward Health

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A state grand jury investigation of alleged Sunshine Law violations at taxpayer-supported Broward Health appears to be wrapping up, and sources familiar with what’s happening say one or more indictments are likely.
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Broward Health: Lawyers, lawyers everywhere and taxpayers to foot the bill

Monday, November 13th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Lawyers for fired Broward Health chief executive Pauline Grant filed a pair of public records requests on the district in May that they believed might shed light on her sudden dismissal last December. Six months later, Broward Health hasn’t produced a single requested document in response.

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Gov. Scott, his lobbyist pal, a nursing home deal and a curious change of heart at AHCA

Monday, November 6th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Three years ago, state healthcare regulators moved to block Dr. Jack Michel’s bid to buy the Hollywood nursing home where more than a dozen elderly patients later met their deaths in the wake of Hurricane Irma. But months later, after Michel retained a lobbyist confidant of Gov. Rick Scott the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) reversed course.
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Broward Health’s ‘independent’ probe led by law firms with undisclosed ties to Gov. Scott

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Broward Health General Counsel Lynn Barrett started an “independent” investigation that led to last December’s ouster of popular hospital district President/CEO Pauline Grant, the two law firms she retained to investigate and advise about Grant had deep, undisclosed ties to Gov. Rick Scott.
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Lawsuit: Corrupt giveaway at Broward Health to cost $2.5 billion over 25 years

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A corrupt deal at Broward Health that “gave away” the public hospital district’s radiation business for treating cancer patients is costing the troubled public hospital system an estimated $100 million a year in revenue.
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Broward grand jury hears first witnesses in criminal probe of Broward Health

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
A Broward grand jury has begun hearing about alleged criminal conduct at long-troubled Broward Health, the taxpayer-supported public medical system for the northern two-thirds of the county.
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Attorney General Bondi gives Broward Health deep discount in fraud settlement

Monday, September 25th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Eighteen months ago, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office demanded Broward Health pay more than $5.3 million to settle state Medicaid fraud claims uncovered during a federal whistleblower probe that cost Broward Health $69.5 million.
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Corruption allegations involving Broward Health, Gov. Scott unsealed in whistleblower suit

Monday, September 25th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida Bulldog exclusively reported last year about 21st Century’s unprecedented 2012 contract to provide radiation oncology services at Broward Health, and how it was inked while the governor was an investor in a private-equity firm that owned 21st Century Oncology.
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Broward Health data breach released patient information to tax fraud ring

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time in three years, a data breach at Broward Health has caused the release of personal patient information in what one district executive called “a ring of thugs.”
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Broward Health begins lobbyist registration – 12 years and millions in contracts late

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Health’s long-lost lobbyist registration policy is, at last, resurrected. Lobbyists looking to influence district policy or the award of profitable contracts must now publicly identify themselves and their clients.
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Gov. Scott’s blind trust and a company with a massive pollution problem

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott put $133 million of his assets into a blind trust two years ago, he included his shares of Mosaic, owner of the Central Florida fertilizer plant where 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater recently drained into an aquifer that provides drinking water for millions of Floridians.
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Gov. Scott’s undisclosed interest – via First Lady – in Zika mosquito control company

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has an undisclosed financial interest in a Zika mosquito control company in which his wife, Florida First Lady Ann Scott, owns a multi-million dollar stake through a private investment firm she co-owns.
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U.S. settles case against Broward Health for millions less than it lost in alleged fraud

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The U.S. Justice Department settled a massive healthcare fraud case against Broward Health last month for millions of dollars less than the government lost as a result of the alleged fraud, records show.
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Broward Health’s $70 million settlement leaves risk of criminal charges

Monday, September 21st, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Court documents describe the massive healthcare fraud that led Broward Health to pay $69.5 million to settle a whistleblower’s lawsuit last week as an illegal “scheme of mutual enrichment” between the hospital system and its physicians. Was it a criminal scheme?
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Illegal kickbacks to doctors to cost Broward Health $69.5 million

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health has agreed to pay $69.5 million in penalties to settle federal allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to nine doctors who referred patients to its hospitals in a scheme that went on for more than a decade.
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Powerful medicine: Broward Health offers nearly $70 million to settle federal fraud probe

Friday, August 21st, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health offered Thursday to pay nearly $70 million to settle a four-year-old federal investigation into allegations of massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
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