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Arkansas AG announces settlement with major nursing home chain Beverly Enterprises

A major and often troubled nursing home chain, Beverly Enterprises, reached a settlement with the Attorney General yesterday in a nursing home negligence case. In Little Rock, Attorney General Mike Beebe announced at the Residents Rights’ Rally that his office has reached a settlement with Beverly Enterprises, resolving 26 investigations by the Attorney General’s Office involving 12 Beverly-operated nursing homes. The investigations centered on allegations of mistreatment and neglect of residents in those homes
Under the terms of the settlement, Beverly has paid $1,000,000 into the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund. In addition, Beverly has agreed to invest a minimum of $500,000 to improve their nursing homes in Arkansas. The settlement requirements include programs to recognize, treat and prevent pressure sores and other patient-care injuries, to reduce falls among residents, and to prevent narcotics abuse by staff members. Under the terms of the settlement, Beverly does not admit or acknowledge any violations in their Arkansas nursing-home facilities.