Nursing Home May Lose Medicare and Medicaid Funding After Allegations of Abuse

One nursing home could lose its ability to participate in Medicaid and Medicare Services after an investigation by the state Department of Health and Human Services revealed care deficiencies which "constituted 'immediate jeopardy' to resident health and safety". The investigation was conducted at the center on May 20-22 and again on May 27. 

During the survey an employee of the facility gave an account of a patient that was hurt after being picked up out of a wheelchair and thrown onto her bed. The employee said that after being thrown, the resident immediately developed a large bruise and appeared very scared. That witness also stated that the employee involved in the incident was worried after the incident and tried to get other staff to write statements defending her behavior.

The Director of Nursing told investigators that she was unaware of the allegations of abuse that the witness said occurred. The state concluded in their investigation that the facility failed to protect their residents, and failed to report allegations of abuse. The State has recommended that Medicare and Medicaid revoke the facilities funding if the problems are not corrected by mid-June. For more, read the story.

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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