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Former North KC firm under federal criminal investigation for failed hospital chain

By The Kansas City Star  
   April 18, 2019

A company tied to a slew of rural hospital closures — including several in Kansas and Missouri — is under federal criminal investigation, according to court records. EmpowerHMS, a hospital management company formerly headquartered in North Kansas City, once ran 14 facilities across seven states. But it collapsed this year amid scrutiny of a lab billing scheme allegedly spearheaded by CEO Jorge A. Perez, leaving unpaid bills and unpaid workers in its wake.

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