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Penalties for hiring banned nurse

Published on September 26th, 2009

WCAX.com reported that two Burlington nursing homes were hit with big fines for having an unauthorized employee. Federal prosecutors say the Burlington Health and Rehab Center and the Starr Farm Nursing Home both hired a nurse who had been previously banned from working in facilities that receive federal health care funds, like Medicare. Such bans often result from fraud convictions, though prosecutors did not release specific details about the employee.

To settle the case with the government, Burlington Health and Rehab paid $175,000 in penalties. Starr Farm paid $40,000. 

How could this happen?  Didn’t the nursing homes do the standard background check?  I wish they gave details of why the nurse was banned from working at a nursing home.

 

Joe Pioletti
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