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Nursing home negligence may have been preventable at Rhode Island nursing home if not for diversion of Medicaid funds by executive

Antonio Giordano is a classic example of the fraudulent diversion of Medicaid funds that are to blame for the poor care at the nation’s nursing homes. Despite his nursing home being chronically under funded and indebted, Giordano siphoned Medicaid checks into an account held by his daughter’s company.

Giordano and his associate pled guilty in federal court on Thursday to diverting more than $780,000 in federal funding from Hillside Health Center in Providence, the former Coventry Health Center and Mount St. Francis Health Center in Woonsocket.

The fraud can be attributed to at least one wrongful death at the home. An 87-year-old patient died in 2004 due to neglected bedsores, the result of short staffing and inadequate Medicaid reimbursements.

Many states are being given incentives to pass whistleblower provisions in their false claims acts, mirroring the federal False Claims Act which protects those reporting Medicare or Medicaid fraud.

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