50 Virginia Nursing Homes Must Provide Better Pressure Ulcer (Bed Sore) Care, Medicare Reports

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier today released a list  of nursing homes in Virginia and across the country that have been targeted for improvement in the areas of pressure ulcers (bed sores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers) and physical restraints.  The list was released as part of the "Ninth Statement of Work" of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) that CMS works with in each state.  CMS will continue to examine pressure ulcer and restraint rates and other "measurable outcomes" of quality over the next three years in order to improve nursing home care.  Read more about CMS' QIOs. 

Fifty nursing homes in Virginia were on the CMS pressure ulcer hit list: Colonnades Health Care Center (Charlottesville), The Laurels of Charlottesville (Charlottesville), Ruxton Health of Alexandria (Alexandria), The Fountains at Washington House (Alexandria), Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center (Alexandria), The Woodlands (Clifton Forge), Manor Care of Arlington (Arlington), Shenandoah Nursing Home (Fishersville), Bland County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Bastian), Ruxton Health of Lawrenceville (Lawrenceville), Heritage Hall Grundy (Grundy), Trinity Mission of Hillsville (Hillsville), The Laurels of Willow Creek (Midlothian), Piney Forest Health Care Center (Danville), Riverside Health & Rehab Center (Danville), Stratford Rehabilitation Center (Danville), Heritage Hall (Clintwood), Burke Health Care Center (Burke), Manor Care Fairfax (Fairfax), Manor Care of Alexandria (Alexandria), Inova Commonwealth Care Center (Fairfax), Francis N. Sanders Nursing Home, Inc. (Gloucester), Walter Reed Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center (Gloucester), Avante at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg), Henrico Health & Rehabilitation Center (Highland Springs), Manor Care Imperial (Richmond), Manor Care Stratford Hall (Richmond), Heritage Hall King George (King George), Lancashire Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center (Kilmarnock), Lee Nursing and Rehab Center (Pennington Gap), Avante at Lynchburg (Lynchburg), The Carrington (Lynchburg), Westminster-Canterbury (Lynchburg), Autumn Care of Madison (Madison), Blue Ridge Rehab Center (Martinsville), Community Memorial Hospital - Skilled Care (South Hill), The Newport (Newport News), Tandem Health Care of Norfolk (Norfolk), Beverly Living Center - Petersburg (Petersburg), The Woodland, Inc. (Farmville), Trinity Mission Farmville (Farmville), Beaufont Health Care Center (Richmond), Ruxton Health of Stratford Hills (Richmond), Ruxton of Westover Hills (Richmond), Our Lady of the Valley (Roanoke), South Roanoke Nursing Home (Roanoke), Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute and Geriatric Treatment Center (Marion), Bay Pointe Medical & Rehab Center (Virginia Beach), Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia (Virginia Beach), River Pointe Rehab Healthcare (Virginia Beach), Edgemont Center, Inc. (Wytheville), and York Convalescent Center (Yorktown).  Read the whole CMS list of poor performers. 

If you have a friend or loved one in one of these facilities, be especially careful to ensure the facility is doing everything possible to reduce the risks of pressure ulcers. I've sucessfully handled a lot of pressure ulcer cases against a lot of the same  facilities on the CMS list.  Everyone thought the nursing home's owners and operators learned a lesson from those cases when they were over.  Those owners and operators must have a short memory, as for-profit corporations and partnerships often do.  As long as these nursing homes emphasize profit over good care . . . as long as their patients continue to develop severe pressure ulcers . . . as long as those pressure ulcers are allowed to get worse . . . I'm going to keep reminding them of the past so they can get it right now and in the future.
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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.   

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