Attorney General Cites Eight Moyle-Run Nursing Homes for Elder Abuse
Eight nursing homes run by Kensett Moyle III in four California counties have been cited for elderly abuse, and four have been closed or sold to new operators, the state Department of Justice said yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reports. An investigation by the Attorney General's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse revealed numerous violations at the eight homes between 1997 and 2000, including "substandard health and hygienic care, malnutrition, numerous patient accidents and injuries, falsified records, inadequate assessment, lack of qualified staff and patient trust fund irregularities." Under a settlement with the state, Moyle was required to make improvements at the facilities and agreed to pay $360,000 in civil penalties, $25,000 to Medi-Cal, $50,000 for "investigative costs" and $40,000 for staff training. Moyle has closed or sold High Desert Convalescent Hospital, Moyle Manor and Moyle's Sky Harbor Healthcare Center in Yucca Valley and Indio Convalescent Hospital but is still operating Porterville Convalescent Hospital, Merrit Manor in Tulare, Kaweah Manor in Visalia and Browning Manor in Delano (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/15).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.