November Monthly Actions: Agency Took Licensure Action against 10 Providers, Nine Additional Providers Terminated from the Medicaid Program
Tallahassee, Fla.–The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) issued final orders to 10 providers for failure to meet licensure requirements during the month of November. The Agency issued three final orders to deny a license renewal application, one final order to deny change of ownership, five to revoke an existing license and one that resulted in the provider surrendering the license. Some of these providers were enrolled in the Medicaid program; however, the Agency has terminated or is in the process of terminating their participation in the program.
“We will continue to encourage providers to take advantage of the numerous education and training opportunities, but we will not let up on our duty to enforce the law and punish those who insist on breaking the law,” said Secretary Liz Dudek. “If anyone suspects a provider is unscrupulous, they should call our consumer complaint line at 1-888-419-3456.”
Nine additional providers were issued a final order terminating them from participation in the Medicaid program in November. These terminations resulted from sanctions imposed for failing to furnish records within the timeframes established by the Agency, pleading guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled substances not for legitimate medical purposes, and termination from the Medicaid program. These providers also have been reported to the federal government for placement on the federal exclusion list, which prohibits them from participating in Medicaid and Medicare nationwide.
The chart below displays the Agency’s November final order licensure actions:
|Amor Blessed Sweet Home Inc||Miami-Dade||Assisted Living Facility||Revocation|
|Ashley Place Assisted Living Inc||Palm Beach||Assisted Living Facility||Denied Renewal|
|Caron Lasha Brown||Duval||Adult Family Care Home||Revocation|
|Care Plus Center LLC||Miami-Dade||Health Care Clinic||License Surrender|
|Elsa’s Homes for the Elderly||Miami-Dade||Assisted Living Facility||Revocation|
|Golden Age Assisted Living Facility II LLC||Miami-Dade||Assisted Living Facility||Denied Change of Ownership|
|Heartbeat Home Health Agency Inc||Miami-Dade||Home Health Agency||Revocation|
|Highlands Clinical Laboratory Corp||Highlands||Clinical Laboratory||Denied Renewal|
|Lantana Professional Caregivers||Palm Beach||Nurse Registry||Denied Renewal|
|United States Home Health Services Inc||Miami-Dade||Home Health Agency||Revocation|
The chart below displays the Agency’s November Medicaid final order termination actions:
|All in One Support Services||Orange||Home and Community Based Services|
|L’Image PT & Rehab Inc*||Miami-Dade||Home and Community Based Services|
|L’Image Physical Therapy||Miami-Dade||Therapist|
|Alicia Chilito MD||Miami-Dade||Physician|
|Felky RX LLC||Hillsborough||Pharmacy|
|Alejandrina Cardenas||Broward||Social Worker/Case Manager|
|Alejandrina Cardenas||Miami-Dade||Home and Community Based Services|
|Ayoade Idowu||Broward||Home Health Agency|
*Provider had two separate licenses suspended.
Additional information about the actions and final orders can be found by querying the Public Records Search page at http://apps.ahca.myflorida.com/dm_web/(S(jtrnl5fukcfknvhds5vtad1s))/default.aspx. Emergency orders, including moratoriums on admissions and suspensions, can also be found on the Public Records Search page by searching the name of the facility.
The Agency encourages consumers, advocates and anyone who may have a concern or observes a problem in any health care facility or with any provider regulated by the Agency to file a complaint by calling the Agency’s consumer complaint line at 1-888-419-3456 or by reporting online athttp://ahca.myflorida.com/Contact/call_center.shtml.
Tips about suspected fraud can be reported by calling the Attorney General’s Fraud Hotline at 1-866-966-7226 or the Agency’s Consumer Call Center at 1-888-419-3456. Anyone can report fraud online by visiting the Agency’s Web site athttps://apps.ahca.myflorida.com/InspectorGeneral/fraud_complaintform.aspx.
The Agency for Health Care Administration is committed to better health care for all Floridians. The Agency administers Florida’s Medicaid program, licenses and regulates more than 45,000 health care facilities and 37 health maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and statistics atwww.FloridaHealthFinder.gov. Additional information about Agency initiatives is available viaFacebook (AHCAFlorida), Twitter (@AHCA_FL) and YouTube (/AHCAFlorida).