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Nursing home abuse, lack of care brings $38 million settlement for Kentucky, other states

shaking-hands-1097209-m freeimages lockstockbExtendicare Health Services, Inc. recently agreed to pay $38 million in order to settle claims that the company provided poor care to nursing home residents in eight states. According to the United States Justice Department, a federal investigation revealed that the company provided unacceptable and substandard care to the residents of at least 33 facilities between 2007 and 2013. The group of skilled nursing facilities is accused of failing to employ a sufficient number of staff, ignoring safety protocols, and a number of other violations. In many cases, the deficient care resulted in preventable injuries that included pressure sores, fall injuries, broken bones, infections, malnutrition, and dehydration. You can read more in this news story from Cincinnati-based WCPO.

The federal investigation apparently began as part of a broader program designed to comprehensively evaluate the care provided to vulnerable populations by the largest nursing home providers in the nation. In addition, Extendicare Health Services reportedly came under review after two whistleblower complaints accused the company of committing Medicaid and Medicare fraud. Although the federal government will receive the bulk of the settlement funds, the nursing home company will apparently reimburse Kentucky more than $1.2 million for the substandard patient care that was billed to its Medicaid program. Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin will also receive financial compensation as a result of the largest settlement of its kind.

Although Extendicare Health Services has refused to admit to any wrongdoing in connection with the investigation, a representative for the company claims it has enhanced its compliance program over the course of “the past several years.” As part of the settlement, the skilled nursing business also agreed to retain an independent compliance monitor for at least five years and make other company-wide changes.

Unfortunately, nursing home and assisted living facility residents are especially vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Under Kentucky law, a victim of skilled nursing facility abuse or neglect may file a negligence lawsuit against the facility where the individual was hurt. In order to prevail on such a claim, the victim must show that he or she suffered an injury because the nursing home or one of its employees breached a duty of care the facility owed to the resident. Such injuries may include bed sores, falls, physical abuse, and other unfortunate events. Contact a skilled Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect attorney to discuss any questions you may have.

If you or someone you love suffered abuse or neglect at a Kentucky nursing home, you are advised to speak with a veteran Bowling Green personal injury lawyer about your rights. To schedule a free confidential consultation with a knowledgeable attorney, do not hesitate to call English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP at (270) 781-6500 or contact us through our website.

Additional Resources:

Nursing home chain with facility in the Tri-State to pay $38M over shoddy care, by Eric Tucker, wcpo.com

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