ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Legal
Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Jan. 9 that Autumn
Health Care of Zanesville Inc. will repay thousands of dollars it had obtained
through allegedly fraudulent measures.
According to DeWine’s office, Autumn Health
Care and owner Steven Hitchens habitually altered official documents to
misrepresent the care given to residents. The company allegedly showed through
records that it provided a high level of care but, actually, the company
failed to give proper treatment to some individuals and gave unneeded therapy
Autumn Health Care will pay
$52,390.16 to the Ohio Department of Medicaid and $75,249.94 to the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid. The company also owes $40,000 in costs to the DeWine’s office. A court ordered
Hitchens to serve three years of community control, as well as conduct 100
hours of community service.
In addition to Hitchens, a
group of Autumn Health Care managers were involved in the lawsuit. They were Krysta
Berkfield, corporate clinical nursing manager, Heidi Harper, Zanesville
director of nursing, Danielle Greene, Zanesville unit manager, Andrew Hooks, Zanesville
unit manager, Heidi Gard, Zanesville unit
manager, Christina Tedrick, Zanesville unit manager, and Annette Sichina, corporate
resident assessment nurse manager.