The Life Care Centers of America story began in 1970 when Garden Terrace Convalescent Center, now Life Care Center of Cleveland, was built in Cleveland, Tennessee. With a highly trained staff of caring associates and a beautiful building resembling a home environment more than a traditional nursing home, Life Care embarked on its more than 40-years of experience in care — with a consistent focus on the resident as the highest priority.
No longer simply nursing homes, Life Care offers more services in order to meet the needs of residents and patients across the country. Through the years, Life Care added Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and independent living facilities, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and on-site physicians. Life Care was the first long-term care company to be fully, and voluntarily, accredited by The Joint Commission and maintains that accreditation.
Life Care continues to look for innovative ways to enhance resident and patient care. The same passion for resident-centered care, that started in 1970, still fuels Life Care today.
Today Life Care operates or manages more than 200 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and senior living campuses in 28 states.
Life Care announced today that it has executed a settlement agreement with the United States Department of Justice, the Defense Health Agency, and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The parties will shortly file a stipulation requesting approval by the United States District Court for the Eastern Division of Tennessee.
The settlement agreement fully and finally resolves the previously disclosed Department of Justice litigation that has been pending since 2012. The agreement also settles a lawsuit the government filed separately against Forrest L. Preston, owner, founder and chairman of Life Care. The Department of Justice had claimed that Preston unjustly benefited from Life Care’s alleged overbilling of federal health-care programs, which the company vigorously denies.
The agreement calls for a payment to the government of $145 million, with a down payment of $45 million and the balance to be paid over three years.
The federal government had alleged that Life Care made false claims to federal health care programs such as Medicare for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services. Life Care has strongly disagreed with the allegations, and believes that it was entitled to payment for services rendered. Specifically, Life Care provided skilled, reasonable, and necessary rehabilitation therapy services, consistent with applicable standards of care and physicians’ orders, to ensure that its residents were afforded the opportunity to attain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being.
In connection with the settlement and effective October 21, 2016, Life Care is entering into a five-year corporate integrity agreement (CIA) with the OIG. Among other things, the CIA requires Life Care to maintain its existing compliance program at all of its skilled nursing centers.
“We deny in the strongest possible terms that Life Care engaged in any illegal or improper conduct. We are, however, pleased to finally put this matter behind us, without any admission of wrongdoing, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to deliver quality care and services to our patients, residents, and their families,” said Preston.
Life Care Centers of America is more than just nursing homes. While skilled nursing and long-term care are central to Life Care's services, Life Care also offers premier inpatient and outpatient short-term rehabilitation, post-acute short-term rehabilitation and post-operative recovery; many facilities offer on-site physicians to serve residents and patients.
Alzheimer's and dementia care, independent and assisted living facilities and retirement communities are available at many of Life Care's locations. In some cases, these services are offered together on continuum-of-care campuses.
Life Care Centers of America helps individuals meet their care needs regardless of what stage of life they may be in. While some types of care are more common among certain age groups, Life Care Centers of America prides itself in providing full life care — it's even in the name.Find a Location Careers
Life is filled with an array of highs and lows, successes and disappointments, happiness and sadness.
Each week, Life Care President Beecher Hunter shares a message of hope, encouragement, and celebration of our blessings to those in the Life Care family and for the public at large.
The themes emphasize that true joy arises from obedience to God and is best measured through service to others.
Battling Alzheimer’s disease has been a priority of Life Care Centers of America since the opening of our first facility in 1970. It is our prayer that we can provide an environment that allows our patients with Alzheimer’s to be encouraged, appreciated and loved. Our hope is for a cure. Like the Alzheimer’s Association, we also dream of a world without Alzheimer’s.
We’re excited to return for a third year as a Walk to End Alzheimer’s National Team. We’re motivated to continue working together in 2016, with the plan of building upon last year’s success.View the Walk to End Alzheimer's Video