Monday, November 21, 2005

Nursing Home Operator and Its CEO Charged With Fraud for Failure to Care for Patients

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri announced the indictment of American Healthcare Management Inc. and its CEO, Robert Wachter, on conspiracy and Medicare/Medicaid fraud for failing to provide adequate care to residents of three nursing homes operated by the company.  A press release (here) states:

The indictment alleges that due to lack of staffing at these facilities, numerous residents of the three nursing homes suffered from dehydration and malnutrition, went for extended periods of time without cleaning or bathing, and contracted bed sores that would have been preventable with proper care. The indictment also alleges instances of patients walking away from facilities and physical abuse by staff members. An 88-year old resident, who was totally dependent on Claywest for care, sat for hours at a time in her own waste, and in the two weeks before her death, nursing staff found ants crawling all over her body. Additionally, the indictment alleges that a 78-year old patient was beaten by an employee and later died as a result of his injuries.

(ph)

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