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FBI: Frisco Hospice Owner Directed Nurses to Overdose Patients

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"You need to make this patient go bye-bye," executive is quoted as saying

The owner of a Frisco medical company regularly directed nurses to overdose hospice patients with drugs such as morphine to speed up their deaths and maximize profits, an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit for a search warrant obtained by NBC 5. (Published Tuesday, March 29, 2016)

The owner of a North Texas medical company regularly directed nurses to give hospice patients overdoses of drugs such as morphine to speed up their deaths and maximize profits, an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit for a search warrant obtained by NBC 5.

Executive Brad Harris, 34, founded Novus Health Care Services, Inc., in July 2012, according to state records. The Novus office is located on Dallas Parkway in Frisco.

Harris, an accountant, instructed a nurse to administer overdoses to three patients and directed another employee to increase a patient's medication to four-times the maximum allowed, the FBI said. He allegedly sent text messages like, "You need to make this patient go bye-bye."

In the first case, the employee refused to follow Harris' alleged instructions, according to the FBI affidavit. The document does not say whether the other three patients were actually harmed.

Harris also told other health-care executives over a lunch meeting that he wanted to "find patients who would die within 24 hours," and made comments like, "if this f----- would just die," an FBI agent wrote in the warrant.

No charges have been filed against Novus or Harris, who did not return messages left with a receptionist and at his Frisco home.

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An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on the investigation.

Novus' website says the company offers hospice and home health-care services.

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"We have a saying at Novus, be fast and treat people the way we would want to be treated," the website says. "This encourages us to go the extra mile to make patients feel comfortable and secure about their special needs and requests."

"AGGREGATOR CAP"

Health-care providers do not necessarily make more money for longer hospice stays.

That's because hospices are subject to an "aggregator cap," which limits Medicare and Medicaid payments based on the yearly average hospice stay, the FBI said.

If patients live too long, the provider can be forced to pay back part of their payments to the government.

"Hence, hospice providers have an incentive to enroll patients whose hospice stays will be short relative to the cap," an agent wrote in the affidavit.

THE INVESTIGATION

The FBI said its investigation into Novus started in October 2014 and initially focused on allegations that, over the previous two years, the company recruited patients "who did not qualify for services" and charged the government for services that were not medically necessary.

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http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/FBI-Frisco-Hospice-Owner-Directed-Nurses-to-Overdose-Patients-373933951.html

Overdosing patients on morphine in Hospice has been a dirty little secret for a very long time, these people were just blatant enough about it to get themselves caught.

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Paging Dr. Kevorkian! Nope, hospice should not be administering fatal morphine unless at the request of their patients. Per usual, it's always about the money and inventory needs to move quickly rather than languish on the shelf.

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hmmm....

 

up here in canuckistan that just withhold food and water till you perish (cheaper than drugs),

i might opt for the morphine instead

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