Last month, Villaspring Health Care and Rehabilitation in Erlanger, Villaspring's parent company, Carespring Health Care Management, and its owner reportedly reached an agreement with the federal government related to allegations that Villaspring defrauded Medicaid and Medicare by submitting bills for reimbursement while providing systemically poor care to residents.
Villaspring will be required to pay $350,000 and enhance its care to residents as part of its settlement with the government. Villaspring and Carespring will reportedly retain an independent consultant to help with the enhancement of care. The consultant will be approved by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and provide quarterly reports to the government.
A spokesperson for Villaspring told the media that the nursing home feels the allegations against it were unwarranted but that it has settled the case so that employees and residents can move on. A Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokeswoman says that there have been no Type-A allegations against Villaspring since at least 2011.
However, the allegations of systemically poor care were based on alleged cases that occurred between 2004 and 2008. In a 2011 complaint, the government alleged that numerous patients suffered serious injuries and that five patients died as a result of neglect in the nursing home.
The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky has described this settlement as, “… an important tool to ensure that residents of long-term care facilities get the care that we would all agree is appropriate."
Our Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyers hope that the settlement has the intended, positive effect and that residents of all Kentucky nursing homes are safer in the future because of this settlement.