Eighteen months ago, the office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi demanded Broward Health pay more than $5.3 million to settle state Medicaid fraud claims uncovered during a federal whistleblower probe that cost Broward Health $69.5 million.
On Monday, Broward Health’s commissioners gleefully approved paying instead $1.5 million to settle with the state.
“Obviously we would have preferred zero, but we need to get this behind us and have it over done,” said Commissioner Linda M. Robison, the board’s secretary/treasurer.
Commission Chairman Rocky Rodriguez called the settlement payout “a drop in the bucket.”
No explanation was given to explain the deep discount that Broward Health got.
Florida Bulldog reported the state’s claim on Broward Health in March 2106 after Bondi’s office released a copy of the state’s demand letter in response to a public-records request.