In a potentially devastating move, state regulators have cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding for all new patients at one nursing home after inspectors discovered critical treatment errors, including neglect that culminated in the deaths of two residents.
The Rehab and Care Center is required to fix its problems by January 7 or regulators will extend the funding ban to all patients. Such action has forced other nursing home operations out of business. Six facilities in the same state were hit with temporary funding restrictions in the last year.
Inspectors have visited the facility three times recently after a July survey turned up 29 deficiencies, including failing to respond to signs of distress in two residents who later died. It has been fined $3,000 and denied federal reimbursement for new patients since Oct. 7. Regulators have also sought federal approval for imposing an additional $24,300 in fines for medication errors which occurred at the facility. 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.