Another tragic nursing home case has come to an end in settlement in our state. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) released information about a settlement with GGNSC Holdings LLC, a company which operates nursing homes under the name "Golden Living".
The case against the company involved both the state of Georgia and the United States and is in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia as United States & State of Georgia ex rel. Micca v. GGNSC Holdings, LLC, et al. The allegations against Golden Living included violating the False Claims Act and the Georgia State False Medicaid Claims Act, by providing substandard care to residents at two Atlanta area nursing homes and then billing Medicaid, Medicare, and the Veterans Administration. These Atlanta facilities were accused of providing inadequate care and worthless monitoring, documentation, prevention, and treatment of wounds. The period looked at in this case is from January 1, 2006 to May 31, 2011. The case was filed by Dr. Joseph Micca under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to bring civil actions on behalf of the United States. It was then investigated by the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
The US Attorney, Sally Quillian Yates, said that Golden Living's actions were a threat to the health and well-being of the elderly and would not be tolerated. Georgia's Attorney General concurred, saying of the mistreatment, "We will not stand for such egregious misconduct by a Medicaid provider." A representative of the Office of the Inspector General for the Atlanta region further noted, "Healthcare providers need to know that if they provide worthless services to those most in need, they will pay the price."
The agreed settlement by Golden Living's company, GGNSC Holdings, is $613,300. No admission of liability by the company is included though, and so the allegations remain allegations. However, the company did agree to a Corporate Integrity Agreement regarding six Atlanta area facilities, including the two involved in the case, to continue to implement policies ensuring compliance with laws related to patient care. In conjunction, an independent monitor will oversee the operations at these six facilities for up to five years for verification of correct practices and that patients are receiving the appropriate standard of care.
Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you or a family member has been the victim of abuse or harm in a nursing home, the personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. These cases are also serve to warn other unscrupulous individuals and companies against taking advantage of the vulnerable elderly, by showing they can't get away with it. Call our law office at 404-814-8948 to discuss your case, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.
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