Brookdale Senior Living is the nation’s largest senior living operator. Brookdale has more than 675 senior living communities throughout the United States and about 3% of those are SNFs.
The for-profit chain agreed to pay $3.25 million to resolve credible allegations of improper transfers and discharges. The lawsuit claims that Brookdale’s California nursing homes failed to properly notify and prepare residents for both transfers and discharges.
The California Attorney General’s Office announced the settlement. Brookdale failed to give 30 days notice to prepare residents for transfer or discharge as required by law. The operator was also accused of falsely increasing its star ratings to attract consumers.
Of the $3.25 settlement, Brookdale will pay $2.4 million in civil penalties, $550,000 in costs and $300,000 to the Kern County Long Term Care Ombudsman.
The operator also agreed to appoint a monitor to oversee compliance and stop engaging in the alleged practices cited in the complaint, according to the California AG’s office.