A lawsuit filed against a Lake Worth nursing home accuses it of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid while it provided inadequate treatment to residents. The suit is filed on behalf of a former 83-year-old patient by her son and attorney. They hope to gain class action status and have included the names of more than two dozen other patients.
The lawsuit claims that patients were kept until they developed other diseases and then the nursing home, Lake Worth Manor, would use those ailments to restart government payments. Millennium Management LLC and Horizon Staffing are also named as defendants in the action which was filed in U.S. District Court in Miami. Also named was the head nurse, who was arrested last October for operating an unlicensed assisted living facility elsewhere in Florida. The 83-year-old woman allegedly developed disfiguring ulcers on her heels before she was taken out of the facility.
Lake Worth Manor is a for-profit nursing home with a one-star rating. That ranking is given by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and puts it at the bottom 20 percent of all nursing home in the state for safety and health compliance with regulations. Lake Worth Manor has also reportedly spent 31 days on a Florida watch list. Medicare ranks the home with two out of five stars.
The best star ranking in the state is five, which means the facility is ranked 81 percent to 100 percent of all the facilities in the region. When considering a nursing home for your loved one, look at whether it is for profit or not-for profit. The latter category tends to have a higher level of care.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report more than 91 percent of nursing homes have an insufficient staff to take care of residents and that many of these homes would have to hire 50 percent more personnel to comply with minimal standards.
About 20% of Florida’s nursing homes have filed for bankruptcy protection. If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, a qualified Florida nursing home abuse attorney can take over the investigation of your situation to determine what evidence may need to be gathered to further support your case. You may need the help of an investigator especially if the facility has entered into bankruptcy.