At Eric J. Hertz, P.C., it is our mission to obtain justice for people who were injured or even killed due to the negligence or abuse of a nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or assisted-living home. While nursing-home litigation shares many similarities with standard personal-injury lawsuits, as well as claims for medical malpractice, taking on a nursing home and its corporate owners and operators adds an additional layer of complexity to the proceedings. Your attorney must be an expert not only in trial strategy, medicine, and standard-of-care issues, but also in complex nursing-home regulations, Medicare/Medicaid reporting, and the shell games corporations play to hide their nursing-home profits at the expense of resident care. This is because, all too often, resident care takes a back seat to corporate profits.
Nursing Homes in the News
Recently, one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of skilled nursing facilities agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, necessary, and skilled, the Department of Justice announced on June 28, 2018. Under the settlement agreements, the owners and operators of these nursing homes have agreed to pay more than $30 million.
Commenting on the settlement, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Bjay Pak, stated: “Our most vulnerable citizens are put at risk when healthcare providers put their financial interests above their patients’ needs and valuable federal funds are diverted from where they are surely needed.” United States Department of Justice Press Release No. 18-752, June 8, 2018. Although the claims resolved in the foregoing matter were based on allegations only and liability was not determined, the settlement reached by the Department of Justice was substantial.
Understanding the Role of Corporate Profits in Nursing-Home Litigation
We all hope and expect that the nursing homes we choose will live up to their end of the bargain in providing care to our loved ones. But in cases where a nursing home fails to do so, it is important to understand the full picture, including the role that corporate profits and priorities play in determining whether you or your loved one received proper care. At Eric J. Hertz, P.C., we strive to hold these facilities accountable when they choose revenue over residents.
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