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Greenacres Health Systems

Wilmington, DE: (Aug-30-07) Walter Decyk III and colleague Sherry Scharff filed a whistleblowers lawsuit against Green Valley Pavilion and Pennsylvania-based Greenacres Health Systems, its operator, in 2004, alleging medical malpractice. The Department of Justice launched an investigation shortly after Decyk and Scharff filed their 2004 suit. Investigators gathered information from seven computers at the facility and removed more than 60 boxes of documents that confirmed the whistleblowers' allegations. Investigators discovered fraudulent records and an organized scheme to bilk Medicaid out of untold thousands of dollars. They also found evidence that Eagle's Law had been violated.

Decyk and Scharff claimed that among other cases, diabetics received insulin hours before they ate, too soon to stabilize their blood sugar; a woman whose wound was so poorly treated that she eventually had two toes amputated, then the foot, then most of the leg; residents who complained, for themselves or others, labeled as having behavioral problems, which made the facility eligible for higher reimbursements.

In a settlement reached, charges were filed against five nurses at Green Valley Pavilion and a $550,000 settlement against Greenacres Health Systems, which operates it. Charges included fraud, conspiracy, neglect and violation of Eagle's Law, which sets minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes in Delaware. All five pleaded guilty and received suspended sentences and probation. A sixth has not yet been formally charged because the state Attorney General's Office determined she was too ill. [NEWS JOURNAL: MEDICAID FRAUD]

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Published on Sep-2-07


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