This week’s news round-up focuses on Manor Care’s on-going legal troubles and whether it will impact Florida nursing home residents. Additionally, the Broward County Nursing Home where 14 residents wrongfully died has been cut from Medicare. We discuss the impact this will have for that facility.
MANOR CARE: $300 MILLION IN UNPAID RENT
Manor Care, one of the largest nursing home chains in the United States, is facing serious legal trouble as they face allegations of not paying rent in operating their nursing homes. It has been reported that Manor Care owes more than $300 million in rent in operating its 292 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
A lawsuit has been filed by Quality Care Properties Inc. to collect that money. The failure to pay could potentially shut down nursing homes throughout the United States, including Manor Care nursing homes in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County. There is a report that Manor Care must make payment by Thursday or potentially face legal consequences.
As West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyers, we will continue to monitor what happens; however, this could have a dramatic impact on those currently residing in Manor Care Nursing Homes as it may cause those residents to be relocated to new facilities. Additionally, this might also impact lawsuits filed against Manor Care to the extent that they might not be able to make payments for claims of nursing home abuse and neglect. If Manor Care files for bankruptcy, it could jeopardize those lawsuits against Manor Care and their ability to pay for their wrongdoing.
MEDICARE CUTS OFF BROWARD COUNTY NURSING HOME
After the deaths of 14 residents at Broward County nursing home, The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, the facility has now officially been cut off from the Medicare program. The reason for being cut off was that the facility failed to meet Medicare’s basic health and safety requirements.
Additionally, it has been reported that the facility will be closing permanently, therefore we do not expect to see this facility operating in the near future. As is the case with many nursing homes in Florida, we anticipate that the property will be sold off to another provider and they will simply re-open under new management with a new name. As Broward County nursing home neglect lawyers, we will continue to see what transpires and monitor the safety of patients at this facility.