Arkansas, Advocat reach $1.3 million settlement

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Arkansas authorities and Franklin, TN-based Advocat have reached a $1.3 million settlement over charges of resident abuse and neglect.

Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe announced the settlement Monday in Little Rock. His office had filed lawsuits seeking more than $45 million over practices at six of Advocat's 13 facilities in the state earlier this year.

Charges included failure to provide necessary care and services, failure to carry out prescribed plans and failure to report health problems in a timely manner.

Advocat, which operates under the Diversicare Management Services name in Arkansas, has agreed to spend $300,000 for extra staff training and $600,000 to install sprinkler systems and give $400,000 to the state's Medicaid trust fund. The chain has more than 45 facilities, serving more than 5,000 beds in eight states.