Nursing home company receives subpoenas

Extendicare Health Services Inc., which owns several nursing homes in Kentucky, has received subpoenas from the inspector general's office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the trust that owns the company announced.

The subpoenas relate to an investigation of the submission of claims in violation of the Social Security Act, according to the announcement last month from Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust.

The inspector general is requesting documents about eight skilled nursing centers and covering Jan. 1, 2007, to Jan. 1, 2010, the announcement said. Extendicare said it was "not aware of any improper claims and intends to furnish all requested information and to cooperate" with the government's investigation.

Extendicare said it is in compliance with Social Security requirements. The company owns 21 long-term care facilities in Kentucky, according to its Web site. On Monday, Extendicare officials in Wisconsin would not say whether any Kentucky nursing homes figured into the investigation.

Don White, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, said he could not confirm whether that agency was investigating Extendicare.

In Kentucky, problems at nursing homes are investigated by officials at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

"Because this is not the Cabinet's investigation, we do not have specific details at this time," said Cabinet spokeswoman Beth Fisher.