Posts Tagged ‘Department of Health and Human Services’

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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Senate panel approves Nikki Haley nomination to U.N.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has overwhelmingly approved South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley‘s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
By voice vote, the panel recommended President Donald Trump‘s selection of Haley to the full Senate. She is expected to be confirmed easily.
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat, backed Haley’s nomination. Cardin says what Haley lacks in foreign policy experience, “she makes up for in capability, intelligence, and a track record of building coalitions in South Carolina.”
During her confirmation hearing, Haley declared her support for moving

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Donald Trump taps Tom Price to lead HHS, plans 2nd meeting with Mitt Romney

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump moved to fill out his Cabinet Tuesday, tapping Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Aides signaled that at least one other Cabinet nomination was imminent.
The president-elect appeared to still be torn over his choice for secretary of state. He summoned former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to New York for dinner Tuesday night to discuss the post for a second time. He was also meeting with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who was getting new attention from Trump’s team. On Monday, Trump spent

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Rick Scott on Donald Trump “landing team”?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is making a pilgrimage to New York tomorrow to visit the president-elect at Trump Tower. But why?
POLITICO reports that Gov. Scott is to “congratulate” Donald Trump “on his big win and help him reinvent government.”
Laudable goals, and the governor assures us that he’s not interested in being part of the Cabinet, as he is devoted to making Florida “the number one state for jobs.”
Gov. Scott has been advanced as a possibility to helm the Department of Health and Human Services.
Assuming Gov. Scott’s disinterest in being part of the Cabinet is genuine, he nonetheless could serve the president-elect’s transition

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Vern Buchanan praises inclusion of $1.1B for Zika in government funding bill

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan praised the inclusion of $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus in a must-pass government funding bill expected to be approved by Congress this week.
“Florida urgently needs additional money to help fight Zika and protect our citizens,” the Sarasota Republican said in a statement Tuesday. “Funding should have been approved months ago but Washington was too busy engaged in ugly politics at the expense of public health.”
Under the agreement, Buchanan said $933 million will go to the Department of Health and Human Services, including $394 million to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for mosquito

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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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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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