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5.28.2008

Decatur News I Stumbled Upon


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38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Claiming a healthcare facility made improper claims against Medicare, especially in the time frame stated, would be like handing out speeding tickets at a Nascar Race.

Anonymous said...

hey look.....it's another story the WCM can run with now that they have been scooped.
let's hope the story does not have a picture from year's ago with it.

Anonymous said...

the company mentioned has changed it's name to Solaris, call it what it is . Same owners Neil and Andy.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why it doesn't say that the S-Hospice Group is now known as Solaris Hospice and is still operating with the same people. And I doubt that they have changed their stripes.
I wonder what financial difficulties they are suffering being as how they continue to have ads everywhere and several business locations. They now have locations in several counties in North and Central Texas.
Maybe the Mess will do a story about then now and do some more research.

Anonymous said...

Come on,these people have nice new cars,homes,RV's and stuff to pay for.

They need the money. For Gawds sake is it so horribly wrong?

Anonymous said...

I don't expect the WCM to do any story that would shed bad light on anything to do with health care in Wise County. They wouldn't want to upset their number one source of advertising revenue.

Anonymous said...

We've had a run of deaths among friends and family in recent years. Solaris has taken care of a few of them for end of life care. The care I observed couldn't have been any better.

Anonymous said...

I have heard nothing but positive comments from anyone utilizing their care.

Anonymous said...

I don't care about the level of their care. Apparently they conned Medicare on bills for services not rendered and got caught. That's fraud. They stole our taxpayer money and have now changed their name so they can skate on the past fines. Yes, why doesn’t the WCM do a thorough report on the situation? I'm waiting for an answer.

Anonymous said...

I don't have anything but praise for Solaris Hospice, having witnessed these folks in action, but Medicare fraud is nothing new. After sixty five if a person has a hangnail, here come the tests, many of them totally unnecessary. Old folks are prodded, poked, tested, re-tested, hospitalized, etc - and in SO many instances all this is to benefit hospitals, clinics and physicians.

It IS a sham that should be investigated. Patients should ask lots of questions.

And it is a SHAME how many medical people are involved in this. They know who they are.

How do they sleep at night?

Anonymous said...

The reason you hear nothing but praise is because the good nurses do the care and get paid little while the people who make decisions to comment fraud are raking in the benefits. Shame on them.

Anonymous said...

This hospice group would hang around the hospital like circling vultures, and try to go through medical records even after they were told to stop. They give me the creeps.

Anonymous said...

Come on Roy... This is a story that has very important ties to Wise County and its citizens need to know. Where is the story?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Index will report on it.

Anonymous said...

7:38 - give us some solid information on your view that these folks are "vultures". Many of these caring people "hang" around the hospitals because they have been called by families of the terminally ill.

Anonymous said...

Help, we need Skip back in Wise County, he wasn't afraid to tackle something like this...or maybe the new editor will step up

I'm just sayin

Anonymous said...

Hmm, people getting rich off the sick and dying...seems odd.

Anonymous said...

congrats to messenger, the story made the update. but of course the crooks get to pay it out in payments because we wouldn't want to make it hard for them..

Anonymous said...

I don't see federal indictments being handed out so that tells me that there is not proof that a crime has been commited. Also tells me that S-Hospice has been tied up in a legal battle for years and is more likeley a case of not having the money to continue to pay the attorney fees, fighting the government which is a loosing battle. I'd pay the money to get them off my case as well. How many people have tried fighting the IRS. Same thing. It's a loosing battle. I would also believe that Doctors are the professionals who place terminally ill persons on hospice. It is not the A. Milligan or Livingston who would sign such an order. They are civilians and not doctors. Sounds to me that they just see to the care of the patient. I personally know that if your loved one is on hospice care and the money dedicated for your loved ones care runs out, a good hospice group will continue to see your loved one at their expense. I know families that have experienced that from S-Hospice. When the the care of the patient is above the dollar, I want them in my corner. If you don't know the facts, try not to be judgmental. You may need them.

Anonymous said...

This is very old news. (6 years) It's amazing what tactics the competition will use.

Anonymous said...

Hospice is a very humanitarian concept. However, the vultures who run these organizations bleed the government of taxpayer funds. The benefiting families should be financially responsible - not the government. Thorough investigative reporting on this outfit is obvious. When will the “award winning” WCM actually get into it?

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine who is a doctor calls this "harvesting medicaid" or harvesting medicare".

Anonymous said...

"...Apparently they conned Medicare on bills for services not rendered and got caught..."

How do you know? Do you have inside information that the government who did not charge them with a crime has.

Anonymous said...

Solaris puts on a good front about caring about the patients more than the money. This is good marketing so they can get more referrals who do pay. Don't be fooled , they are profiting from their business by harvesting our tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

Let's see, spend $5 million fighting the feds to prove your innocence and go bankrupt or settle for $500K, take your licks, and keep making a living. Not a tough choice if you ask me. And don't think for one second that the fed would settle if they had one charge that could stick. The ignorance spewing on here is probably coming from those whose only interaction with the fed is a welfare check or a stimulus check. Also, I find that most people touting "my tax dollars" pay little or no income tax anyway. Call your congressman and tell them to eliminate hospice, medicare or whatever other benefit you don't think people should be paid for, problem solved!!!

Anonymous said...

Maybe a look at your pay stub would shed light that you pay into a fund that allows a person or yourself to use Hospice. The goverment sets the rules and allows older people to use hospice which again is paid by you. They are taking care of your loved one. If a person wishes to see a loved one suffer, than don't call on their help. I hope that you would call for their help. I don't want to suffer the last days of life..

Anonymous said...

Just because no indictments were issued, public opinion knows that doesn't mean their not guilty. Marketing gets the referals from the physicians. They are paid to be medical directors. Medicare Fraud is medicare Fraud no matter how nice they are and it must be signifcant for that size fine.

Anonymous said...

6:43 had one correct statement in their entire paragraph. And actually, I don't know how that one related to the subject.

Anonymous said...

All this talk just makes me wanna die.

Anonymous said...

Hey 6:43--last time I checked...you didn't have to live in a mud hut and starve to death to care for people and do good in the world. I don't recall reading that requirement anywhere.

So if you want to care for people and have talented nurses work for you---they kind of expect you to run your business and pay them. Doesn't mean they aren't compassionate people just that they need to keep a roof over their heads and feed their kids too.

Anonymous said...

Hey, 6:43...I appreciate your feedback. Let me make sure I have this right. The state or federal authorities are investigating you as a person or a business for several years, but you are never indicited. Even though years of investigation brings forth no indictment and your bank account depleted to fight the allegations and gives a person the right to place a sign in your yard saying "your guilty." I understand this is our justice system and this is the way that it works and I hope you are never in their shoes.

Anonymous said...

5:18....Let's list everyone who "puts on a good front about caring for patients" and "harvests tax dollars": physicians, hospitals, home health, pharmacies, physical therapists, eye doctors, nursing homes, the list is endless! If you expect people to provide services for no profit, then you live in the wrong country!!

Anonymous said...

Hey 3:13, don't forget to include defense contractors, road builders, construction, etc....a lot more than just healthcare.

Anonymous said...

I guess this just ain't gonna die is it?

Anonymous said...

Just got the Sunday edition of the Mess. One statement continues to ring untrue for me. Neil Livingston was one of the original owners of Home Hospice along with Craig Leggett and a woman. It was named something else then. Leggett also owned a pharmacy I believe. Leggett sold his part of the company to Andy Milligan and his father.
According to Solaris's web site Paul Milligan, Andy's father, is Chairman of the board (after retiring from active participation) in 2002. Andrew is listed as President/CEO/Owner and Neil Livingston is Vice President/owner. So maybe Milligan's were not owners for a majority of the time prior to the beginning or the investigation, but Livingston was.
I'm sure anyone in their position would attempt to show financial difficulties in order to reduce the settlement amount. But how does someone having FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES build a very large new home. (Neil??)and continue to live the big life. How does a company experiencing financial difficulties continue to expand and open new offices accross the state? How does a company continue to pay several doctors to serve as medical directors for them? We all know doctor's don't work for free.
Just things to think about.

Anonymous said...

You know people make money in many ways. This company happens to make their millons by poor pay scales for the staff. This is how the upper crust, including Neil, get their hugh annual bonuses, it is a For Profit Hospice. Do you know, for instance, that they expect their nurses to work endless hrs a day and only pay them for 40 hours a week. Oh yeah, they work until the job is done, every day, 12-16 hrs a day, for weekly pay of 40 hrs. That is how they provide such constant care at such low pay. You take it or leave it if you want to work for this company. I got smart and left. Once it was calculated, their nurses work for an average of 5.00 an hour on a 40 hour week. That takes real dedication to care to stick that out. They are even to cheap to pay decent mileage for these struggling nurses. The last I heard the mileage was at least 1/3 below what the IRS allows, don't think they haven't figures out how to use that to their advantage as a company dedcuction, while their staff struggles to cope with higher fuel cost. They are not a staff friendly company. They are upper crust friendly. The bonuses have to come from somewhere, why not cheap, border on abusive, staff pay scale and medicare fraud. That pays for those new homes and big trucks.

Anonymous said...

16hrs * 5 dollars * 7 days a week (a generous number) * 52 weeks = $29120.00 annual salary...sorry 8:39 I do not think they could hang on to many nurses at that rate...and grow the company.

Anonymous said...

Solaris Nurses do a great job taking care of their patients and teir families. Every company has their flaws but who are we to judge? I know if I had a loved who was at the end stages of their life, I would want the care that the nurses, chaplins and social workers give at Solaris to take care of them. It takes special people to care and love these people like I have seen them do. Good Job Solaris Hospice and God Bless you for the hard work you do!!!!