The owner of a North Texas medical company regularly directed nurses to give hospice patients overdoes 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.
“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)
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.”
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.
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.