Nursing Home Companies Fined $875,000 by Federal Regulators

Two large nursing home corporations have been sanctioned by the federal government and must pay a combined total of $875,000 in penalties. One of the violators, HCM Management Inc., has agreed to pay  over $200,000 for allegedly employing workers who had been barred from working in federally funded health care facilities.

The inspector general at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services alleged that the company employed two individuals who it knew, or should have known, were excluded from participation in federally funded health care programs.

Separately, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agreed to settle with Bethany Lutheran Home, a 121-bed nursing home over allegations that they over billed the government for Medicaid and Medicare claims. The facility is required to pay $675,000 to the federal government and enter into a “corporate integrity agreement” that requires the home to provide additional staff training in determining what services can legally be billed to Medicaid and Medicare. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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