Life Care Centers of America pled not guilty this week to charges of manslaughter, abuse and neglect, and filing false Medicare claims. The charges against the Tennessee based chain come in the wake of an investigation in the death of a 74 year-old woman in Massachussetts.
McCauley, a resident confined to a wheelchair at the Life Care Center of Acton, died after wheeling herself out of front door of the facility and down a flight of steps. At the time of her death, McCauley was not wearing an electronic bracelet her doctors had prescribed that would have locked the doors and set off an alarm if she got too close to the entrance. Prosecutors say McCauley would not have died if she had been wearing the bracelet.
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