Manager of Florida nursing home where eight died has been charged before
The manager of a Florida nursing home where eight people died following Hurricane Irma has a history of healthcare fraud accusations.
Court records show the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami filed civil charges in 2004 against Dr. Jack Michel and Larkin Health Systems, among others. That company owns the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where eight patients were pronounced dead Sept. 13 after the facility lost air conditioning.
In 1997, before Michel owned Larkin, federal prosecutors say he was part of a kickback scheme that involved paying doctors for referrals and admissions to Larkin Community Hospital, Miami. Prosecutors say that after he bought the hospital in 1998, Michel and others fraudulently increased the number of patients at the facility, along with their Medicare and Medicaid revenue, by bringing in patients from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. The case was settled in 2006 for $15.4 million.