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Medicare Fraud in Lab Billing

Posted in Medicare, Trial themes
The Wall Street Journal had an article about Medicare Lab Billing.  Medicare allowed $1.7 billion in 2010 payments to clinical laboratories for claims that raised red flags, according to a report to be released, the latest example of how the federal insurance program for the elderly and disabled is susceptible to fraud and abuse.  The report, by … Continue Reading

Delay in Treatment for Stroke

Posted in Trial themes
My Fox Tampa Bay reported that Rachel Mobley, administrator of Grace Manor at Lake Morton allegedly refused to allow a staffer at the facility to call 911 for an elderly resident suffering severe eye pain. She is charged with neglect of an elderly person, which is a second degree felony. Kristal Stowell, a worker at the home, … Continue Reading

Racketeering in Nursing Home Industry

Posted in Trial themes
The Times News reported that Avi Klein and three other people who owned and operated a now defunct nursing home in Scott County were indicted on racketeering and healthcare fraud charges.  See indictment here.  The charges stem from the operation of  Brian Center, which was also known as Continium Care of Weber City before it ceased operations … Continue Reading

Electronic Health Records and Fraud

Posted in Trial themes
USAToday had an interesting article on electronic medical records that allow fraud and falsification.  We see this type of fraud in almost all of our nursing home cases where the facility has electronic records.  The Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general charged in December that the basic auditing safeguards that help to prevent … Continue Reading

Reckless Indifference

Posted in Trial themes
A resident fell and injured herself after falling from a wheelchair lift that had been known to be broken for over 2 years.  The nursing home knew the lift needed repairs but chose not to fix it.  The woman fractured two of her ribs and her collarbone as well as sustaining internal bleeding inside her … Continue Reading

Nursing Home Demographic Shift

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The number of American nursing home residents 65 and older decreased by 20% within 10 years, according to the Census Bureau. From 2000 to 2010, the number fell from 1.6 million to 1.3 million. Experts say those above age 65 will make up one-fifth of the total population by 2050.   The “65+ in the United States: … Continue Reading

Sava Refinancing

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MarketWatch reported that NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. (NorthStar Healthcare) announced that it closed an investment in a $75.0 million mezzanine loan made in connection with the $940.0 million financing of a national portfolio of 167 skilled nursing facilities.   Affiliates of Sava Senior Care, the nation’s sixth largest owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities, manage … Continue Reading

Fraud in Florida

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The Gainesville Sun reported that two executives of a nursing home management company in Gainesville, Georgia accepted plea deals in a Medicare fraud case.  In January of 2013, the former executives were accused by the Florida Attorney General of defrauding Medicaid of $2.75 million.The sum was accumulated over a period of six years through salaries … Continue Reading

Autumn Healthcare Owner Investigated

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The owner of Autumn Healthcare nursing home was charged with 39 charges including corrupt activity, theft, Medicaid fraud, forgery, and attempted tampering with records, in addition to several more. An investigation from the state’s Attorney General, Mike DeWine was concluded using hidden cameras, at the acquiescence of family members. Autumn Healthcare has been charged with … Continue Reading

The Carnation House-One Resident’s Experience

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The story of nursing homes is not one that outsiders usually get to see. When information surfaces about nursing homes, such as the news we report about on this site, it usually involves an incident or a scheme which went wrong.  It’s easy to forget that these stories represent real people and real things that … Continue Reading

Another Omnicare Settlement with DOJ

Posted in Medicare, Medications, Trial themes
WKYC reported that repeat offender Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, has agreed to pay $124.24 million for allegedly offering improper financial incentives to skilled nursing facilities in return for their continued selection of Omnicare to supply drugs to elderly Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.  The Anti-Kickback Statute … Continue Reading

Nursing Home Operator Going to Jail

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SFGate reports, Georgia nursing home operator will face time in prison and a hefty fine after a federal appeals court upheld the court’s ruling. George Houser ran two nursing homes in Rome and Brunswick which were both shut down in 2007.  Houser diverted the funds he received for the nursing home to pay for personal … Continue Reading

Aging as a Positive

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The Atlantic had a great article about the increase in life expectancy over the last hundred years and the need for a meaningful purpose for the greying population. “Unfortunately, negative stereotypes are much more common than positive images; indeed, according to some researchers, ageism is more pervasive in our society than negative stereotypes based on gender, … Continue Reading

Another Investor Scam involving Nursing Homes

Posted in Trial themes
 A health management company bilked two dozen investors out of a million dollars, a new suit filed by Dr. Arvind Mehta and eleven others claim. Dr. Mehta and others are suing Meridian Fontana Group, Meridian Health Services Holding Inc., and Meridian principal James Preimesberger of LA for various claims of fraud, securities fraud, and conversion. … Continue Reading

Bankruptcy as the last refuge of a scoundrel

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 The Des Moines Register reported that two Iowa nursing homes run by a former gubernatorial candidate Jerry Rhoads have filed for bankruptcy protection.  All-American Restorative Care of Washington, Ia., and Regency Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center of Council Bluffs are on the federal government’s newly updated list of the nation’s most troubled care facilities. Both have … Continue Reading

Fundamental For-Profit Chain and Aviv REIT, Inc.

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 Aviv REIT, Inc. announced it has acquired eight post-acute and long-term care skilled nursing facilities ("SNFs") in California and Texas, in three separate transactions for $70.7 million. These acquisitions are follow-on investments with existing operator relationships and the opportunities were brought exclusively to Aviv by the operators. These triple-net leases have a blended initial cash … Continue Reading

Eric Turner’s Ethics Problems

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 The IndyStar had a follow up report on Republican politician Eric Turner who allegedly used his power and influence to help his nursing home business.  He and his wife have an interest in a company that is invested in Mainstreet Property Group, which build nursing homes, and his son is CEO of that company.  Turner, … Continue Reading

How Americans Die

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 Bloomberg published an interesting powerpoint on how Americans die.  33% of all deaths are people 85 years old or older.  Car collisions, drugs, suicide, and firearms which are mostly preventable seem to be growing the fastest… Continue Reading

“Disguise and Cover”

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John O’Connor is the Editorial Director of McKnight’s.  He wrote an article on how and why national for profit chains hide behind corporate shells to avoid responsibility for neglect and negligence.  "For years, some nursing home operators have relied on an unusual tactic for avoiding lawsuits and other trouble: a catch-me-if-you-can corporate structure. But the … Continue Reading

Medicaid and Profits

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Crain’s Detroit Business had an interesting article about the difficulty in providing quality nursing home care when profits are the major concern.  Nursing homes complain about the amounts Medicaid pays nursing homes for services. David LaLumia, CEO of the Health Care Association of Michigan, said Medicaid payment rates often do not cover nursing home costs. "It is … Continue Reading

Arkansas Nursing Homes

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Arkansas Business reported that nursing home profits in Arkansas are up.  "About 70 percent of the nursing homes in Arkansas made a profit in the year that ended June 30, 2013, according to cost reports audited by the Arkansas Department of Human Services." Net incomes ranged from just over $1.4 million at both the Nursing … Continue Reading

Refusing to Disclose

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MLive reported that Consulate Health Care and two nursing homes it owns and operates are being sued for allegedly refusing to turn over documents during an investigation into the death of one resident and violations that placed three others at risk for serious harm. The Michigan Protection Advocacy Service, during investigations into the incidents, sent … Continue Reading

Politician Uses Influence To Protect His Nursing Home Business

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Rep. Eric Turner, a House Republican secretly lobbied colleagues to kill a measure that would have been disastrous for his family’s nursing home business. Multiple fellow Republicans with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press that Turner lobbied to kill legislation that would have temporarily halted construction of new nursing homes and elderly care … Continue Reading

Memory and Old Age

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The Huffington Post had an interesting article on the German study of memory abilities of older people.  The study likened the memory abilities of older people to full hard drives: They don’t lose cognitive power over time; they just function slower because of an increasing amount of information. The team of researchers from Tübingen University … Continue Reading