The government has fined Golden Living Nursing Homes nearly $425,000 because the facilities provided "inadequate and worthless wound care" that "resulted in harm to patients" and then billed Medicaid for the services, according to a press release from the FBI.
"The nursing home patients depended on Golden Living to provide them with quality wound care services to help them heal, but, instead, were mistreated. We will not stand for such egregious misconduct by a Medicaid provider," said Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.
The Louisiana State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was kept busy between fiscal years 2009 and 2011.
A Health and Human Services Department Office of Inspector General review of the fraud control group found they had recovered $95 million, obtained 192 convictions and 86 civil judgments or settlements and received 1,043 referrals for other cases.
The IG report also said that the unit did not properly report its income in fiscal year 2010 and 2011. However it was a paperwork problem, and the unit had no problem with control of its finances, investigators said.
The Veterans Affairs Department's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program is designed to assist veterans with service-related disabilities to find jobs. But according to a new report by the department's Office of Inspector General, the program does not keep track of its own expenses, can't always say what money is used for and as such lacks accurate data to identify needed resources.
The Older Americans Act of 1965 provides funds for the elderly and their caregivers to assist the individuals in staying in their homes as long as possible before moving to an assisted living facility. But the funding formula used could be improved by taking into account differences between the states and their elderly populations, said the Government Accountability Office.
The Interior Department estimates the government pours billions of dollars annually into geospatial studies designed to gather information about specific locations for everything from defense to natural disaster relief.
But the programs run by various government agencies often overlap, said the Government Accountability Office, leading to possible waste and redundant studies.
The Labor Department is studying and considering changes in the way federal employees are compensated if they are injured on the job, said a report by the Government Accountability Office.
Currently, employees with a dependent at home receive 75 percent of their normal wage while recovering from an injury. Employees without a dependent only get 66 and two-thirds percent. The Labor Department is considering setting a universal rate of 70 percent.
The Veterans Affairs center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. needs to make some improvements to better serve the nation's veterans, investigators found in a report by the department's Office of Inspector General.
The center needs to ensure all mental health patients receive a follow-up no more than seven days after being discharged, and it needs to notify colorectal cancer patients of test results in a timely manner, the watchdog office said.
Investigators found that the medical center's nursing staff and management of medication were both acceptable.
Government agencies have plans in place for employees to use time off days for religious observances. The plans are similar across the federal government, but vary slightly based on the agency's particular needs, said a report by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' watchdog arm. Some agencies need to clarify instructions on days off for religious observances to make sure policies match those from the government's Office of Personnel Management.