Facilities to Pay $11.2 Million to Resolve Allegations

Atlanta-Based National Chain of Skilled Nursing Facilities to Pay $11.2 Million to Resolve Allegations of Providing Substandard Care, Medically Unnecessary Therapy Services

PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that SavaSeniorCare LLC and related entities (Sava), have agreed to pay $11.2 million, plus additional amounts if certain financial contingencies occur, to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by causing its skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to bill Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, necessary or skilled, and to resolve allegations that Sava billed Medicare and Medicaid for grossly substandard skilled nursing services.  Sava, based in Atlanta, Georgia, currently owns and operates more than 160 skilled nursing facilities across the country, including three facilities in Pennsylvania.

“Nursing home residents should not be at the mercy of nursing home operators that put their own economic gain ahead of the needs of the residents, and we will continue to aggressively pursue those operators who bill Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams.  “This settlement holds Sava accountable, and the resulting Corporate Integrity Agreement should ensure that Sava provides seniors with quality care and treats its residents with dignity and respect.”

This settlement resolves four False Claims Act lawsuits, one in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and three consolidated in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

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