Corporate Compliance

Settlement prohibits PA personal care provider from doing business

Compliance Monitor, June 25, 2008

Rosalind S. Lavin is going to need to find a new line of work. Last week, Lavin, former owner of four personal care facilities in the Philadelphia area, reached a civil settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that prohibits her from ever owning a patient, personal, or residential care facility again.
 
Lavin also agreed to a condition barring her from ever receiving payment from Medicare, Medicaid, and all other federal healthcare programs.
 
According to the DOJ, residents who lived in the four facilities Lavin operated were subjected to grossly inadequate dangerous housing and care that included:
  • Structurally unsafe residences
  • Inadequate residential security
  • Insufficient food and nutrition
  • Unsanitary, substandard living conditions
  • Irregular and limited personal care
  • Inadequate oversight of administration of medications and failures to seek medical care when needed
  • Inadequate and unclean clothing, linens, and bedding
  • Inadequate activities of daily living
The DOJ also alleged Lavin used Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits intended for the care of residents for her own use.
 
To read the full DOJ press release click here

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