The news took the staff at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon, Tennessee by surprise. The Tennessee Department of Health issued a ban on new admissions, claiming those at the home are in immediate jeopardy, according to News Channel 5.
The announcement was spurred by a recent state and Federal Center for Medicare-Medicaid Services inspection that found the center in violation of physician services, nursing services and medical records.
The inspection also raised questions about several patients whose weight had dropped dramatically. A spokesperson for the home says weight fluctuation among the elderly is not uncommon and oftentimes is unavoidable.
The state also claims a nurse did not keep proper medical records on a patient and didn’t notify the patient’s physician about problems with that patient’s health, which put that patient in immediate jeopardy.
Quality Care Health Center was ordered to put together a corrective action plan, which already has been approved by the state. The state will now perform another inspection of the facility. If no deficiencies are noted and the problems have in fact been addressed, the state will lift the suspension and Quality Care will be able to admit new residents. However, if the state inspection finds that action has not been taken to correct the problems that caused the admissions ban at the home by April 3, the Federal government will halt Medicare and Medicaid funds for residents.
“We are working with the state of Tennessee, as well as CMS to get this corrected immediately,” the nursing home spokesperson said to News Channel 5.