Golden Living reaches $600,000 settlement in federal wound care case

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Golden Living announced Wednesday it has reached a settlement deal totaling more than $613,000 with the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice and the state of Georgia.

The case relates to wound care involving patients at two skilled nursing facilities in Georgia between 2006 and 2011. The government said Golden Living's operator, GGNSC Holdings LLC, submitted false claims and provided residents at the two centers with “inadequate and worthless monitoring, documentation, and prevention and treatment of wounds” from January 2006 through May 2011.

“Golden Living fraudulently billed Medicaid for nursing services which were substandard and, tragically, resulted in harm to patients,” said Attorney General Sam Olens. “The nursing home patients depended on Golden Living to provide them with quality wound care services to help them heal, but, instead, were mistreated.”

Golden Living has expressly denied all allegations, saying no residents were harmed and that the allegations were “untested.”

The settlement involves Golden Living not admitting liability. The company will pay $423,544 to the federal government and $189,756 to the state of Georgia, in addition to interest and legal fees.

“Golden Living agreed to the settlement not to dignify these baseless charges, but because we would rather spend the money on our patient care and staff than on the legal fees necessary each month simply to respond to the government's actions in the investigation,” said Golden Living President and CEO Neil Kurtz, M.D.

The settlement also requires Golden Living to entering into a Corporate Integrity Agreement for six of its centers in the Atlanta area.

The case, United States & State of Georgia ex rel. Micca v. GGNSC Holdings, LLC, et al., was originated through a whistleblower claim.

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