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The real victim in nursing home fraud: the residents

A recent Montana article demonstrated the painful effects that nursing home residents experience following the closure of a nursing home due to its fraudulent account practices. They examined the story of a Montana nursing home that was originally a well-run family business until 1998, when the family-owners were approached by a company to buy the business.

Under the new management, the nursing home fell into debt and despair. Soon thereafter, the residents suffered nursing home neglect. The company’s CEO later confessed to filing false Medicaid claims and diverting money intended for patient care.

The nursing home was shut down in 2001; yet, former employees and residents continue to try to rebuild their lives. A former employee recalls visiting former residents at their new nursing homes and recalls the residents looking unhappy and rail-thin. Although closure of nursing homes is a proper way to stop the fraud and nursing home neglect, the residents and former workers continue to feel the effects down the road.

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