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Controversy surrounds confidential Virginia nursing home settlements

Controversy surrounds the decision of the US Attorney’s office in Alexandria not to publish settlements reached due to federal allegations of poor care in nursing homes with the owners of seven Virginia nursing homes and two management companies.

In each of these cases during the past four years, the government agreed to keep the settlements confidential unless the nursing homes decided to go public. Only two have gone public.

The settlements have been reached and instead of large fines previously assessed, the settlements have required the homes to invest the money into improvements in care and conditions at the homes.

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