Vanguard Healthcare to Pay over $18M to Settle Federal and State Lawsuit

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Vanguard Healthcare, owner of skilled nursing facilities, reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. government and the State of Tennessee in connection with the lawsuit filed against it.

Under the agreement, Vanguard Healthcare and related companies agreed to pay more than $18 million to settle the case. Its majority owner and CEO William Orand and former Director of Operations Mark Miller agreed to pay $250,000.

Allegations against Vanguard Healthcare  

The U.S. government and the State of Tennessee accused Vanguard Healthcare, Orand, and Miller of violating the False Claims Act.

Vanguard Healthcare, Orand, and Miller were accountable for the false claims submitted to Medicare and Medicaid by its five skilled nursing facilities.

Additionally, the federal government and the state alleged that the five skilled nursing facilities provided “grossly substandard care” to patients. The facilities failed to properly administer medications and provide infection control. As a result, patients suffered from urinary tract infections.