Extendicare Health Services is one of the largest nursing home operators in North America. In the United States, Extendicare has 156 nursing home facilities that can accommodate up to 15,000 seniors. However, according to one recent news post, Extendicare agreed to pay out one of the largest settlements ever in the industry.
Evidently, the federal government brought suit against Extendicare, alleging that the company was fraudulently billing for its Medicare services as well as providing a sub-standard quality of care to its residents. An Assistant Attorney General told reporters that “The investigation identified many disturbing examples of falls, fractures and head injuries to residents, often unnoticed by the staff for hours, as well as malnutrition, dehydration, pressure ulcers and infections.”
The claims were focused on 33 nursing homes in eight states, including Washington, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.