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Posted by seafan in Latest Breaking News
Sat Sep 18th 2010, 08:43 PM
Source: St. Petersburg Times

Rick Scott has said he would have immediately stopped his former hospital company from committing Medicare fraud if only "somebody told me something was wrong."

But he was cautioned year after year that the financial incentives Columbia/HCA offered doctors could run afoul of a federal antikickback law that seeks to limit conflicts of interest in Medicare and Medicaid.
They were contained in the company's annual public reports to stockholders that Scott, now the Republican candidate for Florida governor, signed as Columbia/HCA's president and chief executive officer.

The reports said the company believed it was complying with the spirit of the law. But as far back as 1994 three years before the FBI began scrutinizing the company Columbia/HCA acknowledged that it might not be following the letter of complex health care rules.

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Scott signed his last SEC report as a hospital executive on March 27, 1997 eight days after the FBI raided two El Paso, Texas, hospitals in what became the largest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history, spanning six states during a seven-year criminal probe. Scott resigned from Columbia/HCA four months later and he was never charged with a crime.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/columb...



And, much like the belligerent protestations of failed Senate candidate in Florida, Jeff Greene, Scott claims he doesn't remember the warnings he received, the documents he signed off on, and the feds' descriptions of Scott's dealings with physicians as "shams".


It just didn't happen that way in Rick Scott's mind, you see.


Right now, this Republican crook is focused on becoming Florida's next governor.








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