When a 98 year-old woman entered a nursing home several years ago, her family dreamed that she might return to the assisted-living facility that she had called home for many years. Unfortunately, unable to walk and suffering from dementia, she had reached a point where she needed around-the-clock care. At the nursing home, her condition worsened, and she contracted an infection that caused diarrhea and required isolation from other residents. After five weeks, she passed away at the nursing home.
Despite her condition, her records show that she was receiving more than 5 hours of therapy per day. On the day that she passed away, the nursing home claims that she received more than 2 hours of therapy. If you’re thinking that doesn’t make sense, you’re right. Here at the Jehl Law Group, we see nursing homes committing fraud like this all too often. We have seen nursing homes bill for therapy and other services that they don’t actually provide.
Earlier this year, Kindred Healthcare Inc. and two of its subsidiaries agreed to pay the federal government $125 million to settle an ongoing fraud lawsuit. Kindred Healthcare Inc. is one of the larger nursing home chains in the country, and the government alleged that they were fraudulently billing for unnecessary therapy services. Life Care Centers of America, another large nursing home chain, is also being sued for these same practices.