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Elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes is a nationwide problem, and Berkowitz and Hanna LLC continuously scrutinizes news articles and studies on this serious issue. With legal cases, elder abuse falls under personal injury, and the firm has found a major story involving a failure of care settlement against Extendicare Nursing Homes.

DrugWatch reported that Extendicare Nursing Homes, the seventh largest chain of its kind in the country, will pay $38 million to settle federal claims for inappropriately billing for physical therapy and providing poor care that the US Department of Justice referred to as being “effectively worthless.”

The article stated that federal officials found that the chain was “guilty of under-staffing and under-training qualified nurses” to care for the residents in 33 of the about 150 homes the company owns in 11 states. The company was also said to be guilty of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

In response, an Extendicare spokesperson said that the company denied any wrongdoing but settled the case to avoid extended litigation.

Berkowitz and Hanna LLC hopes to raise awareness about elder care abuse, and also offers some tips on how to recognize its potential signs.

 

Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent the parties involved in this case.

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