A Texas medical company has received widespread media attention after reports surfaced that the company’s owner allegedly directed the staff to “speed up hospice patient deaths.”
The owner allegedly told staff to overdose patients and in a specific instance instructed a nurse to give a patient four times that allotted medication dosage.
Such action is enough to stun anyone, but now many people are asking why.
Novus Health Care Services, Inc. was founded in July of 2012 to provide hospice and other medical services. And, like other providers, the company received Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements from the government.
However, hospice care is subject to an “aggregator cap,” with a maximum yearly payout. In some cases, providers are even mandated to pay back certain amounts for patients that survive after a certain period of time.
To augment profits and mitigate potential paybacks, Novus’ business model was to seemingly “find patients who would die within 24 hours.”
The discovery came about after an FBI investigation 2 years ago. The feds began looking into allegations of healthcare fraud, specifically erroneous Medicare billing for patients at Novus who did not actually qualify for hospice services.
The investigation expanded and a search into company emails and texts as well as interviews with nurses and staff revealed an alleged scheme to overdose patients in order to increase the company’s profit margin.
To date, no charges have been filed yet against the company’s founder or other executives. An investigation is still pending.
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