According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a civil complaint accusing Villaspring Health Care and Rehabilitation in Kentucky of providing services that were “inadequate” and “essentially worthless.” Villaspring’s parent company is Carespring Health Care Management.  The suit says that the nursing home violated the federal False Claims Act, committing common law fraud and unjust enrichment.  The neglect directly led to the death of five residents.  According to U.S. attorneys, several patients died from 2004-2008 due to the inadequate care.

Hours after news of the lawsuit became public, a woman who says she saw the lack of care first hand, spoke with Local 12’s Tiffany Wilson. She says her uncle was a resident at Villasprings. On one occasion, she says he went three weeks without a bath or a change of clothes. Another time, she found him slumped over in a hallway, and according to her, he was slipping into a diabetic coma.

Defendants face financial penalties up to $11,000 per false claim and would have to repay Medicare and Medicaid three times the amount of the government’s loss for the fraud.

The Enquirer reports that the inadequate care included failure to update resident care plans, failure to follow doctors’ orders, failure to treat wounds and pressure sores, and failure to monitor the blood sugar levels of diabetic residents. Additionally, the suit claims that the nursing home was not properly staffed at times, and that the staff was negligent in bathing residents for many days on end.

This is the first suit filed in Kentucky that accuses a nursing home of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid by submitting bills for reimbursement for providing consistently poor care to residents.

I wish more states would seek reibursement from national chains that promise quality care but deliver neglect to residents.

See full article at Third Age.

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