A Florida-based hospital chain is currently battling a lawsuit after it was accused of scheming to inflate patient bills and target certain demographics, The New York Times is reporting.

Health Management Associates is based in Naples and has 25 affiliated hospitals across the state, including in St. Cloud, Rockledge, Melbourne and Lake City, according to the company's website.

The lawsuit, which the Department of Justice joined this month, alleges that the company pressured doctors to admit patients older than 65, and to admit patients when they could be treated and discharged, like in the case of an infant who had a normal temperature of 98.7 degrees being admitted for a "fever," The New York Times reports.

These practices and more were so the company could inflate its payments from Medicare and Medicaid, and any doctor who didn't meet the patient quota was fired, according to the newspaper.


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