Nursing home agrees to program development, fines in poor care settlement

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A Philadelphia-area nursing home has agreed to develop and implement a three-year corporate compliance program to settle the government's claims that it provided inadequate care to residents, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania disclosed. It is the 15th failure of care case resolved in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the first to require a monitor for a three-year period, according to Patrick Meehan.

Under the terms of the civil settlement, Brighten at Broomall (PA), a 123-bed nursing home, will also pay the federal government $45,000 to resolve potential civil liability under the False Claims Act. In addition, the facility agreed to spend $20,000 within one year for services and equipment to enhance residents' quality of life.

It submitted claims to government health programs seeking reimbursement for allegedly inadequate or worthless services to Brighten residents between July 2004 and December 2005. The nursing home had been accused of inadequate care in the areas of nutrition, provision of medication to residents, monitoring weight loss, falls, diabetic care, pressure ulcer care, wound prevention and treatment, incontinence care and care provided by physicians.