Genesis Healthcare Settles Federal Investigation for $52.7 Million
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Aug 03, 2016 in Nursing Home Injury or Death
Genesis Healthcare, the largest long-term care provider in the country, has agreed to settle four U.S. Department of Justice investigations for a total of $52.7 million.
Genesis was under investigation for violations of federal and state laws on health care fraud and abuse at several facilities from 2005 to 2013. Some of those violations included having inadequate staff at long-term care facilities.
The long-term care provider also faced allegations of improperly billing the government for hospice services and violations of Medicare rules on physical therapy.
Genesis plans to pay the settlement over five years. The company had set aside $39.1 for a settlement and it will record $13.6 million in loss contingency expense in the second quarter of the year to cover the rest of the settlement.
Genesis has nursing homes in 34 states and has approximately 90,000 workers across the country.
Inadequate Staffing is All Too Common
Unfortunately, inadequate staffing is not unique to Genesis Healthcare nursing homes. It is a common problem at nursing homes all over the country.
The nursing home industry has exploded in recent years, but many of the new facilities are less concerned with caring for patients than they are with making money. Facilities save money by having less staff, and that increases the risk for residents to suffer serious injuries or even die because there were not enough staff members to watch everyone.
Without proper supervision, nursing home residents could try to get out of bed or out of a wheelchair without help, which could lead to falls and severe injuries.
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