Amid a flood of elder abuse complaints – including mishandling sexual assaults – a nursing home in Lutz has decided to close its doors.
The move left residents at the 179-bed facility scrambling to find a new place to live.
In June, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services placed the home on its list of “Special Focus Facilities” in light of a “history of serious quality issues,” according to the Tampa Tribune.
Federal regulators had previously cut the flow of Medicaid and Medicare payments to the facility because of these deficiencies, the newspaper reported.
Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and inspects nursing homes and administers Medicaid and Medicare funding, announced in May that the facility’s license would not be renewed. The license expired June 29, but the facility had appealed, according to agency records.
Residents, some of whom suffer from dementia, were told they have until August 12 to locate a new home.
The nursing home provides care not only for the elderly but for children with special needs.
The home has been hit with fines totaling $81,000.
The most recent fine, $16,000, was issued after an 87-year-old patient died in November 2012. CPR was not performed because of confusion over whether the patient had a “do not resuscitate” order, according to public records of the incident.
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- The Tampa Tribune http://tbo.com/news/business/tampa-nursing-home-closing-after-loss-of-medicaid-medicare-funds-20130709/