Trouble Nursing Home Cut Off from Medicaid Funding

Report from Chicago Tribune: Federal authorities are moving this week to terminate Medicaid funding to one troubled Nursing Center after a series of inspections revealed that residents were engaged in bloody fights and drug abuse that spilled from the facility out into the surrounding community.

The facility is an 80-bed home that primarily houses adults with mental illnesses, including dozens with felony records. A 21-page summary report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said poorly trained staff failed to supervise dangerous residents or provide them with adequate mental health services "to prevent avoidable mental deterioration."

A separate state Department of Public Health inspection report from December revealed that one resident was prostituting herself in the neighborhood and using the money to buy crack cocaine. Another resident pulled a foot-long knife on a housemate and threatened to stab him. That knife was confiscated, but inspectors later visited the man's room and found a new one resting in full view of staff on the man's windowsill.

Since December, the facility has been hit with federal and state fines totaling more than $400,000, including an ongoing $10,000-per-day penalty imposed Feb. 9. the facility is on schedule to stop receiving Medicaid funding Sunday. The funding cutoff likely will force the facility out of business because state records show that Medicaid accounts for nearly 99 percent of its revenue. State officials are currently determining how to process the transfer of the facility's residents to other facilities. 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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