Frisco Hospice Owner Urged Nurses to Overdose Patients So They Would Die Quicker, FBI Says

Comment: Note this quote from the article: “‘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 longer than that, 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.” [N. Valko RN, 17 May 2016] 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 and sent text messages like, “You need to make this patient go bye-bye,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit for a search warrant obtained by NBC 5. The executive, Brad Harris, founded the company, Novus Health Care Services Inc., in July 2012, according to state records. Novus’ office is on Dallas Parkway in Frisco. No charges have been filed against Novus or Harris. Harris, 34, did not return messages left with a receptionist and at his Frisco home. Harris, an accountant, told a nurse to overdose three patients and directed another employee to increase a patient’s medication to four times the maximum allowed, the FBI said. In the first case, the employee refused to follow the alleged instructions, the agent wrote in the affidavit. The document does not say whether the other three patients were actually harmed. Harris also told other health...