Nursing Home Has 23 Days to Shape up or Lose Federal Medicare and Medicaid Funding

According to the Chicago Tribune, State and federal authorities have notified one nursing home that it will be shut down unless it quickly remedies serious safety breaches that put "the health and safety of … residents in immediate jeopardy."

The actions follow recent Tribune reports on violence and abuse at the facility, as well as repeated citations from the state Department of Public Health and serious complaints from the community. Federal fines of $6,050  are accruing daily against the facility.And the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have given the facility 23 days to correct the problems or else federal funding will be terminated.

From April 2008 to July 2009, records show, police investigated 15 alleged assaults or batteries inside the home, as well as five reported cases of criminal sexual assault and another five reports of possession of narcotics. For more, read that story.

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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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