Golden Living Nursing Homes must pay over $600,000 to settle allegations that two of their Atlanta, GA facilities provided subpar wound care services to residents.
According to a press release by the Atlanta Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Attorney General Sam Olens is quoted as saying "Golden Living fraudulently billed Medicaid for nursing services which were substandard and, tragically, resulted in harm to patients. The nursing home patients depended on Golden Living to provide them with quality wound care services to help them heal, but, instead, were mistreated. We will not stand for such egregious misconduct by a Medicaid provider."
The government alleged that Golden Living submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Administration because it provided residents with inadequate and worthless monitoring, documents, and preventation and treatment of wounds from Jan., 1, 2006 to May 31, 2011.
As part of the settlement, six of the Atlanta-area Golden Living facillities will need to implement certain policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations governing patient care. Also, an independent monitor will oversee operations at the six Atlanta facililties for up to five years to make sure patients receive appropriate care.
The case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service; and the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Although the facilities mentioned in the settlement are in Atlanta, GA, there are Golden Living Facilities here in Pennsylvania. It is possible that the same inadequate care may be provided to residents here in PA as well. If you have a loved one who is a patient at a Golden Living facility here in Pennsylvania, be alert for signs that proper measures are or are not being taken for their health and well being. If you have any questions, feel free to consult with one of our experienced attorneys.