A report released Tuesday by a Virginia-based nonprofit group said the state’s investigation into the deaths of at least five nursing homes and the deaths in nearby properties in 2014 is flawed.
The group, which also included Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, called the investigation a “sham” and said it could cost the state up to $6 million in compensation.
A review of more than 6,000 nursing home records and other evidence by the group, including some released to The Associated Press, shows the state investigated just one nursing home that had a nursing home code of ethics violation, and only one nursing homes death.
The Virginia Department of Nursing and Rehabilitation investigated more than 2,500 other nursing homes.
The state says it has not yet released the results of its probe.
“The investigators have not been forthcoming with information, or provided any documentation to substantiate their conclusions,” the group said in a statement.
“The state’s own findings contradict this investigation and the results are deeply troubling.”
Nursing home deaths in Kensington and Hampton Roads are not uncommon, but they have been relatively rare in Virginia, where more than 90% of nursing homes are accredited by the accrediting body.
In Virginia, the state does not require accreditation for any home.
The Virginia Department for Aging and Disability Services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The report said the agency has yet to complete its investigation of two other nursing home deaths that occurred at the same facility and found no evidence of criminal activity.
The agencies report did not indicate whether any of the other two deaths were connected to any other nursing facilities.
The Associated Press could not reach Herring’s office for comment on Tuesday.
Herring said the investigation has already been completed and he expects to release a report this fall.
He said he was confident the investigation would exonerate the state and that he would continue to do so.