Former Hospice Executive Admits To Overdosing Patients

Kristin Weisell
May 18, 2018 - 5:34 am
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FRISCO (1080 KRLD) - A former North Texas hospice executive has admitted to overdosing patients to hasten their deaths.

Reports say Melanie Murphey, formerly the operations director of Novus Health Services, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud and faces 10 years in federal prison.

Court documents say Murphey admitted that in order to make a profit she faked paperwork to admit patients who weren't’t even eligible for hospice.

Those patients also never saw a doctor face-to-face as is required.

NBC5 reports Murphey admitted to being the go-between between Novus's owner Bradley Harris and other doctors, who are also facing charges.

Documents say Harris would increase dosages of narcotics if a patient was in hospice too long, because he wanted the patients to die.

Harris is still in jail awaiting trial.