Nursing homes are legally required to provide a reasonable level of care and treat residents with dignity. The federal government and Ohio can impose numerous penalties for nursing home neglect and abuse. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently gave notice to a Xenia nursing home that it will not make Medicare and Medicaid payments to the facility because of several citations over patient care.
The facility has 99 beds and approximately 90 employees. According to state Department of Health citations, a resident fractured her femur when her leg was bent backwards during a transfer from a bed to a wheelchair on a lift device last Oct.
The aide, who was assisting with the transfer, waited one day before reporting the incident to the home administrator, according to the citation. Also, the home should have suspended the aide immediately instead of the end of her shift. The administrator did not report the accident to the state.
The state informed the facility in late Oct. that it was not complying with Medicaid and Medicare rules. During three re-inspections of the home from Nov. through Feb., inspectors concluded that the home was not following these rules.
Lat month, inspectors reviewed another complaint and found that a nurse grabbed a resident by the chin, told him that he would not hit her and then punched the resident in the stomach. The facility immediately suspended and then fired the nurse. According to the nursing home’s report, the resident was hallucinating and kicked the nurse’s ear.
The termination notice was posted online on March 26. Inspectors from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the state health department will conduct an unannounced inspection before April 10. If the problems are resolved, the Medicare and Medicaid termination threat will be lifted.
Medicaid pays for long-term residents while Medicaid covers shirt-term residents receiving rehabilitation. The state of Ohio operates Medicaid, but it is financed by the state and federal government which allows the federal government to terminate the facility’s relationship with that program.
An attorney can seek compensation when a nursing home acts illegally or with negligence. Legal representation may also hold these facilities accountable when residents are not treated properly.