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Nursing Home Chain Settles ‘largest worthless services’ case in U.S. history

A Tennessee nursing home chain will pay the U.S. and Tennessee more than $18 million in a record settlement that federal officials called the “largest worthless services” case in U.S. history. Vanguard Healthcare, five nursing homes it owns and operates, and two of the company’s executives engaged in a scheme that not only harmed vulnerable patients but cheated Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars, federal prosecutors alleged. Among the Justice Department’s many findings, the Vanguard nursing homes allegedly involved in the scheme failed to administer medications to residents as prescribed; failed to provide standard infection control; failed to ... Read More

Adenovirus Outbreak At New Jersey Pediatric Center Claims Seven Children

Seven children sickened by a strain of adenovirus associated with communal living facilities have died in a New Jersey nursing and rehabilitation center, state officials announced. The New Jersey Department of Health confirmed that at least 18 people, including the seven children who perished, have been sickened in the adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell. The Wanaque Center includes a pediatrics unit staffed by medical professionals, teachers, and administrators serving the needs of “medically fragile” children. The seven confirmed child deaths were associated with that part of the facility. The Department of Health says ... Read More

Nursing home employees report abuse – from residents

Pioneer Health Care Center is a nursing home and elderly living establishment located in Rocky Ford, Colorado. It provides residential services to its clients, which consist mainly of long-term care as well as mental health services. In February, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited the company for its failure to keep employees from being exposed to violence in the workplace. According to the Denver Post, investigators learned nursing home residents “grabbed, kick, bit and punched at staff members,” causing injuries including “cuts and bruises” as well as sprains, bruising, and injuries to the head ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Reveals Nursing Home Fraud, Abuse

A whistleblower lawsuit was instrumental in exposing the shoddy quality of care provided to the residents of a Mississippi nursing home and recovering $1.25 million for Medicare and the Mississippi Medicaid program, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Academy Health Center Inc., the owner and landlord of a Lumberton, Mississippi, building housing the Oxford Health and Rehabilitation skilled nursing home, filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act against Hyperion Foundation and its former president Julie Mittleider and AltaCare Corporation and its CEO Douglas Mittleider. The lawsuit also named related companies Long Term Care Services Inc. ... Read More

Justice Department Funding Elder Abuse Prevention Research

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), has awarded $800,000 to the Urban Institute and the University of Southern California (USC) to develop and test programs that could help combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The Justice Department said the awards, which are also supported by its Elder Justice Initiative, will further the NIJ’s understanding of elder abuse and its ability to address it more effectively. The funds will help researchers identify solutions to the mistreatment of the elderly and evaluate their effectiveness in prevention, detection, and intervention. ... Read More

California Nursing Home Operator, Execs to Pay U.S. $30 Million For Fraudulent Medicare Billings

A California-based nursing home operator and two of its executives have agreed to pay the U.S. $30 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit accusing the company of billing Medicare and other government health care programs for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services. Under the terms of the agreement announced Monday, North American Health Care Inc. of Orange County, Calif., will pay the U.S. $28.5 million. The company’s chairman of the board, John Sorenson, will pay $1 million toward the settlement, and senior vice president of Reimbursement Analysis, Margaret Gelvezon, will pay $500,000. North American Health Care is a private, ... Read More

Former Nursing Home Manager Sentenced For Embezzlement, Medicaid Fraud

The former office manager of two Illinois nursing homes was sentenced July 22 to nearly eight months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $40,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty to stealing from four residents. According to The Telegraph, Kristin Chaudoin, 34, of Decatur, Ill., pled guilty to embezzlement, use of an unauthorized access device, and wire fraud on August 5, 2015. The former manager admitted to stealing from residents of North Church Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Ill. And the Lincoln Rehabilitation Center in Decatur, Ill. Ms. Chaudoin pleaded guilty following an eight-month investigation ... Read More

Florida Nursing Home Probed After Death of Severely Sunburned Resident

A Florida nursing home already on the state’s “watch list” of problem facilities is being investigated for possible abuse and neglect after the weekend death of a 65-year old resident who had been left in the sun on a 90-degree day. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Pinellas Park police said Wilbert Henry Moten, as wheelchair-bound resident of Gracewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, was taken to the hospital around 6:15 p.m. Saturday covered with second-degree burns and blisters and displaying symptoms of dehydration after being left in the sun for much of the day Saturday. He died later in the ... Read More

U.S. Forms Ten Regional Task Forces To Tackle Elder Abuse

The U.S. Justice Department announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces that will combine the resources and efforts of federal, state, and local prosecutors with law enforcement agencies and providers of services to the elderly to better pursue elder abuse in nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard care” to their residents. The newly launched Elder Justice Task Forces will include representatives from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, state and local prosecutors’ offices, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), state Adult Protective Services agencies, Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, and law enforcement. The task forces ... Read More

Alabama nursing home listed as ‘substandard’ by CMS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A Montgomery nursing home that has struggled to comply with state and federal regulations in the past has again been placed on a federal list of deficient care providers. AlabamaNews.Net reports that Woodley Manor and Rehabilitation has landed on the “Special Focus Facilities” list kept by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency within the Health and Human Services Department that administers federal health care programs and sets the rules and standards for care providers. According to CMS, nursing homes on the Special Focus Facilities list “have had a history of serious quality ... Read More