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Nursing home agrees to $2.2 million settlement in case of false documentation

A New York state-based nursing home operator agreed to a $2.2 million settlement last month after an employee said her name was forged on patient review documents that falsely stated particular services were provided to patients.

The documents asserted that services such as suction oxygen treatments and cancer care were performed at the Glen Island Center for Nursing and Rehab in New Rochelle, NY, which is just north of New York City. Glen Island is operated by Ralex Services Inc. and offers 184 beds.

The employee argued even though doctors orders wouldn’t have supported the treatments, the nursing home billed Medicaid for the services. Administrator Eufemia Fe Salomon-Flores pleaded guilty to forging the documents in 2011 in an attempt to increase reimbursements. New York State and the federal government will both enjoy a slice of the settlement.

“The settlement requires Ralex to return government funds related to the conduct of a former employee who pleaded guilty to a crime,” an attorney associated with the case told McKnight’s.

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