Florida Senate President's Former Company Sued for Medicare Fraud

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

By KELLI KENNEDY

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The Department of Justice is suing the hospice company founded by Senate President Don Gaetz for allegedly submitting tens of millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicare claims for more than a decade.

The department says Vitas Hospice and Vitas Healthcare submitted claims for emergency services for patients that weren't needed or weren't provided. It says the companies pressured their employees to submit more claims to get more revenue.

Vitas is the largest U.S. hospice care chain.

Gaetz says he hasn't been involved with the company's management since 2000. He was vice chairman of the board during part of the time that federal investigators allege the fraud took place but says he had no "role in the operation of the company" then.


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