Nursing home providers accused of misusing federal dollars received millions in COVID-19 funds: report

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From THEHILL.COM

Nursing home providers that have been previously accused of misusing federal funds received more than $300 million in “no strings attached” COVID-19 stimulus aid, according to an in-depth analysis by The Washington Post.

More than a dozen of those companies have recently settled lawsuits with the Department of Justice for alleged improper Medicare billing, forged documents, substandard care and other abuses, the Post found. Collectively, the companies repaid $260 million to the government.

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the same agency that distributed coronavirus relief funds to nursing homes, required that the companies undergo enhanced reporting protocols and staff training.

SavaSeniorCare, a nursing home provider based out of Georgia, is currently in litigation after being accused of putting elderly residents into unnecessary therapy services and delaying the release of patients to reap higher Medicar... (Read more)