Nursing Home Cited for "Medical Errors," Loses Federal Approval for Medicare/Medicaid

An out-of-state nursing home has received a Type A citation, the most serious citation that state can give, for alleged abuse and neglect, and the federal government has said it will terminate its Medicare and Medicaid funding.

A spokeswoman for the state confirmed that the 183-bed facility with a special unit for patients with dementia, received the citation. She could not elaborate on why the facility was cited.

But the executive director of the ombudsman agency for the area said officials at the nursing home told her that they had a problem with "medical errors" and that those problems had been corrected.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has sent the nursing home notice that it will terminate its contract Feb. 7.

That means the nursing home will no longer be certified to provide care to people who receive Medicare and Medicaid. Patients living in a home at the time of the termination are transferred to facilities that are certified by the federal centers.

The ombudsman said that her agency received 31 complaints about the nursing home during the prior three months, and that 86 percent of the complaints had been resolved to the satisfaction of the person making them.

Under federal regulations, nursing homes have to meet standards ranging from the safe storage and preparation of food to protecting residents from physical or mental abuse or inadequate practices. If a nursing home does not correct its problems, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services terminates its agreement with the nursing home.

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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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