Philadelphia nursing home settles $90,000 with government

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A Philadelphia nursing home settled $90,000 with the federal government for allegedly fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid for treating residents with diabetes. The 92-bed Brinton Manor Nursing Home, owned by Genesis Healthcare Corp., also agreed to educate its staff on preventing falls and caring for patients with diabetes.

The government tracked the home's performance from Mar. 1, 2000, through Jan. 31, 2001. The home allegedly fell short when it came to providing appropriate care planning and nursing intervention, as well as preventing and managing falls, according to the government.

About $20,000 of the settlement may be forgiven if Briton Manor hires a full-time clinical practice nurse specialist within six months and keeps him or her on the payroll for at least a year.

Brinton Manor denies the allegations but agreed to the settlement to avoid litigation, according to the agreement.

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