It seems Gentiva's new owners have yet more skeletons in their closet:
PharMerica Corp. and Kindred Healthcare have agreed in principle to out-of-court settlements in a whistleblower suit that implicated the companies in alleged massive kickback schemes involving a popular anemia treatment medicine.
Amgen paid kickbacks to PharMerica, the second-largest pharmacy services company in long-term care, and Kindred Healthcare Inc., an operator of hospitals, LTAC hospitals, nursing homes and more, to induce providers and pharmacists to switch patients from the drug Procrit to Amgen's drug Aranesp.
Settlement details are expected with 45 days. The second story could produce skeltons at a Kindred hospital in California:
The striking nurses say working without a contract is not helping when it comes to patient care. Management has delayed an agreement for 20 months and during that time, the poor conditions that led us to organize in the first place, have continued to erode," says Janet Williams, an RN in the Medical/Surgical Unit who has worked there for more than 14 years, says in a union statement. "We feel we have no choice but to strike to ensure that these issues are addressed so we can deliver the highest quality of care for our patients all year long."
The last potential skeleton arose from a man who settled with Medicare for $1.7 billion for his company's fraudulent activities:
On Aug. 3, Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered audits on 29 hospitals that failed to meet an Aug. 1 deadline for the requested information. All the Kindred Hospitals were part of that list, including one in Ocala. Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center in Suwannee County and Lake Butler Hospital in Union County also were on that first list.
Gentiva is now a Kindred company. Apparently, the buyer is as corrupt as Gentiva's former senior management team.
Anonymous (from Gendred, a Gentiva-Kindred company)