Monday, September 16, 2013

Ethical Lapses Cost Hospital/Nursing Home Big Time


by Gary Snyder



Part of Revival Home Health Care’s Mission is to : Maintain the highest ethical and clinical standards

Part of their values include: We are honest and ethical in our interactions.

Oops…a lie.

The trustee, Lori Lapin Jones, is going after Revival Home Health Care citing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, she alleges the defendants committed fraud, falsified information to the bankruptcy court and creditors, and lied to the state Department of Health.

Revival Home Health Care, a Brooklyn home-care agency, dramatically unraveled. Instead of saving Peninsula Hospital, the company doomed it. Within weeks, Peninsula declared bankruptcy. The Revival team was accused of mismanagement. A judge-appointed Chapter 11 trustee soon took over, closed the hospital, and sold Peninsula's nursing home.

Revival's offer to save Peninsula was an elaborate plot to milk the hospital for revenue that would be diverted to a web of Revival entities. She alleges that the engineer behind the plot was Steven Zakheim, a Brooklyn health care executive who had already been blacklisted by the state Department of Health for misconduct and whose involvement would have been a red flag for regulators—had they been told he was bankrolling the plan.

Mr. Zakheim's wife, Faye, owned Revival, but the lawsuit claims that Mr. Zakheim controlled all Revival entities as well as several other related companies. The Peninsula takeover was Mr. Zakheim's "illegal scheme to acquire the debtors [Peninsula and its nursing home] and integrate them into his health care empire," according to the lawsuit

A couple of oversights on the part of everyone:
 ·      Mr. Zakheim and Peninsula's president, who was secretly on Revival's payroll despite, in 2005, the Department of Health required the Zakheims to sign affidavits stating he would not have any involvement in Revival Home Health Care's operations or finances. Mr. Zakheim, in fact, ran ambulance companies, a medical supply firm and Revival, the home health care agency. 
·      At least $1.3 million went to people or entities associated with Mr. Zakheim.  
·      In 2003, he submitted a false application for an emergency medical technician license by attesting he had never been convicted of a crime, when he had been convicted of a misdemeanor for sexual assault. It is alleged that Mr. Zakheim  "caused the use of hundreds of forged documents for the purpose of defrauding Medicare of millions of dollars" at his ambulance companies, Metropolitan Ambulance & First Aid Corp. and Metro North Ambulance Corp.
  A longtime friend was installed as the CEO who had no experience.

On Feb. 23, 2012, the DOH suspended the hospital's lab services after finding "serious deficiencies in the administration and operation relating to the clinical laboratory," according to the lawsuit.

Mr. Zakheim's response: "Can't we bribe anyone?"




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