Beverly Enterprises, Forth Smith, Ark., will pay a civil monetary penalty of $2 million to settle allegations of elder abuse stemming from two patient deaths at a Santa Barbara, Calif., nursing home in July 2000 and July 2001. Beverly's California subsidiary entered a plea of no contest to two felony charges. In addition to the civil monetary penalty, the company will pay a $54,000 fine related to its nolo contendere plea and $533,000 for investigation costs. Beverly said quality of care provided at its California facilities has been equal to or better than the overall state average and state surveys this year have yielded "no findings of adverse action and no denials of payments due to quality issues." Company Chairman and CEO William Floyd said in a written statement, "We accept responsibility for the two unfortunate incidents that occurred at the La Cumbre nursing home. But we firmly believe that those incidents did not constitute criminal behavior." -- by Julie Piotrowski
Beverly to pay $2 million for alleged elder abuse
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