A large health care company agrees to settle a multi-million dollar lawsuit after claiming it failed to provide Tennessee residents with proper care, resulting in infections and, in some cases, unnecessary strain.
Brentwood-based Vanguard Healthcare, LLC has agreed to pay more than $ 18 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by the United States and the state of Tennessee, according to a press release from the Justice Department from Tennessee and American lawyer Don Cochran. .
The company has been charged with charging Medicare and Medicaid programs for health center services that have caused urinary tract infections and other health problems, as well as allegedly using unnecessary physical constraints and failing to meet the needs. nutrition and hygiene of the elderly. Vanguard is also accused of falsifying the signatures of nurses and doctors on hundreds of pre-submission forms sent to TennCare.
The lawsuit claimed that several Vanguard companies, former operations director Mark Miller and majority owner and CEO William Orand were responsible for five Vanguard-owned nursing homes, which had made false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for services deemed "worthless", according to the newspaper. the press release.
Vanguard has been accused of failing to provide patients with prescribed medications and standard infection control, resulting in urinary tract infections and wounds. The company also failed to provide patients with the proper care and did not take the necessary steps to prevent pressure ulcers.
"Simply put, our elderly and vulnerable citizens who can no longer take care of themselves deserve far better treatment than Vanguard," said Cochran. "The unsatisfactory care that many residents of these institutions have endured while businesses raided public coffers is deplorable. This regulation requires them to be accountable and the resulting corporate integrity agreement should ensure that this behavior does not happen again. "
The United States expects total revenue collection of more than $ 6 million from Vanguard entities that previously filed for bankruptcy.
Vanguard has a chain of specialized nursing assistant facilities, including the Terrace Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Murfreesboro, the Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Shelbyville and the Manchester Health Care Center in Manchester. She previously owned Crestview Health and Rehabilitation in Nashville; Imperial Gardens Health and rehabilitation in Madison; and Poplar Point Health and Rehabilitation in Memphis.