Nursing Home Chain to Pay $5.3 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations
Company Must Enter 5-Year Chain-wide Corporate Integrity Agreement
DALLAS - Daybreak Partners, LLC, a holding company for a number of subsidiaries that operate and manage skilled nursing facilities throughout Texas, has agreed to pay $5,300,000.00 to resolve allegations that they billed Medicare and Medicaid for materially substandard nursing services. The skilled nursing facilities are operated as individual limited partnerships owned by Daybreak Venture, LLC and Daybreak Healthcare, Inc. (Daybreak). Daybreak denies the allegations. U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas made the announcement today.
The settlement resolves allegations that between 2006 and 2010, some of the skilled nursing services provided at four nursing facilities Daybreak owned and managed (Deerings Nursing and Rehabilitation, L.P., Odessa, Texas; Mansfield Nursing and Rehabilitation, L.P., Mansfield, Texas; Marine Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation, L.P. Mineral Wells, Texas; and Mineral Wells Nursing and Rehabilitation, L.P., Mineral Wells, Texas) were materially substandard and/or worthless because Daybreak: (a) failed to follow appropriate fall protocols for several residents; (b) failed to follow appropriate pressure ulcer and infection control protocols for several residents; (c) failed to properly administer medications to several residents to avoid medication errors; (d) failed to follow doctors’ orders for several residents; (e) failed to provide appropriate mental health treatment to several residents; (f) failed to answer several residents’ call lights promptly; (g) failed to institute appropriate infection control measures for several residents; (h) failed to provide a habitable living environment, adequate equipment, and needed capital expenditures; and (i) failed to investigate and report serious incidents to appropriate authorities on several occasions.
“In addition to our responsibility to preserve federal tax dollars, we have a special obligation to protect the most vulnerable members of our community,” said U.S. Attorney Parker. “This settlement reflects our commitment to ensuring that medical providers for our ailing friends and family are not paid for substandard services.”
As part of the settlement, Daybreak entered into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for Health & Human Services (OIG) that requires an independent monitor and allows the OIG to oversee the quality of care provided at all of Daybreak’s skilled nursing facilities over the next five years. Daybreak cooperated throughout the course of the investigation.
This case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Mahaffey.
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