The Des Moines Register reported that 2 nursing homes and their corporate masters were fined a combined total of $875,000.
One of the violators was HCM Management Inc., which runs 11 Iowa nursing homes, and it has agreed to pay $200,812 for allegedly employing workers who had been barred from working in federally funded health care facilities.
Separately, the inspector general’s office entered into a settlement agreement with Bethany Lutheran Home, a 121-bed Council Bluffs nursing home that apparently overbilled the government for Medicaid and Medicare therapy claims. The settlement that they pay $675,000 to the federal government and enter into a so-called “corporate integrity agreement” that requires the home to provide additional staff training in determining what services can legally be billed by nursing homes to Medicaid and Medicare. It also creates additional layers of oversight that apply to Bethany Home’s billing practices and quality of care.