Very rarely will a state’s Department of Public Health seek to revoke or no longer renew a home care agency’s license, but that’s exactly what’s happening in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has notified Allegiance Home Care that it has no intention of providing a renewal for its operating license.
That license expired July 24, 2019 and, according to representatives for the Department of Public Health and Environment, this type of situation is rare. It might happen about once per year and it is generally due to a concern about clients who are not receiving adequate or proper care from the provider licensed through the state.
Allegiance Home Care allegedly provides direct assistance with some physical activities, including personal hygiene, meal preparation, help with walking and doing certain exercise, medication reminders, and other basic services commonly associated with direct home care.
However, an investigation by the state determined that there was inadequate documentation provided by the agency for services allegedly rendered.
It was noted in the Fox 31 2News blog, State moves to shut down Thornton home health care provider, written by Rob Low:
““I believe it’s probably fair to say that these allegations apply to elder abuse as well as, perhaps, care issues,” said Kuykendall, who acknowledged the state had concerns Allegiance home health care workers might sometimes fail to show up for appointments with patients and provide no backup plan as required by the state.
The CEO of Allegiance is a man named Richard Crabtree, who according to numerous media reports, was indicted in 2012 for embezzling $3 million from a hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 2015, news reports said Crabtree was allowed to pay $250,000 in restitution and serve five years probation under a deal reached with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.”
Currently, Allegiance Home Care is appealing the state’s decision to not renew its license. It is expected that the appeal could be in about six months and in the meantime the home care company is able to continue providing services and billing for Medicaid reimbursements while the appeal is pending.
The state’s Department of Health and Environment will continue to seek nonrenewal of this agency’s license throughout the appeal process.
There was no immediate word from Allegiance’s owner or any home care providers working for the company regarding this situation. It was also not made clear if any clients have been directed to seek support elsewhere in the meantime.
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