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Information & Ratings on Lee's Summit Pointe Health & Rehabilitation (Violations)
When you entrust your loved one to the care of a skilled nursing facility, you have a right to expect that your family member will receive competent care that respects both their person and their possessions. A nursing home owes your loved one a duty of care, and when that duty has been breached in a way that causes any harm to your family member, you have a potential legal cause of action. You should immediately consult with a lawyer if your loved one has suffered any harm while at a nursing home.
The Lee’s Summit Pointe Health & Rehabilitation is a small facility with 60 certified beds. It participates in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. It provides long-stay services to resident of Lee's Summit and the Greater Kansas City area. It has for-profit ownership and is located at:
1501 SW 3rd St
Lee's Summit, MO 64081
In its role as the overseer of Medicare and Medicaid, the federal government inspects nursing homes and issues reports of its findings. It has the power to both levy fines against a facility as well as deny reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid for new patients if there are uncorrected violations that persist for a certain period of time.
The State of Missouri has the ability to verify that nursing homes are complying with its laws and regulations governing skilled nursing facilities. When a nursing home fails to follow these rules, the state will issue a Notice of Noncompliance. These will be assigned a rating based on the severity of the violation. If the violation is not reported as corrected within a certain period of time, the facility can be fined for each day that it is not corrected.
Lee’s Summit Pointe Health & Rehabilitation has been issued two citations in the past several years. There was a Class II violation relating to the home's air handler unit. The unit failed to shut off during a fire alarm. In addition, the facility's soiled laundry and work area did not have the requisite air flow pressure to ventilate heat, odors and fumes. Further, in June 2018, the facility was cited for a medication error when it failed to accurately transcribe a physician's order for sliding scale insulin which resulted in the administration of 14 incorrect medication doses to a patient.
The federal inspection reports reveal a picture of deteriorating care at the facility. The home was fined $31,073 after its February 2017 inspection. Additionally, it received a denial of payment, meaning that for a period of time, Medicare would not cover care for new patients at the facility. Instead of improving the quality of care and reducing the amount of health citations, the number of citations increased from 13 to 18 in 2018.
The February 2017 inspection report revealed several instances of violations of laws and regulation. One incident involved a resident whose anniversary ring, wedding band and gold chain were missing. When it is possible that property could have been stolen, a nursing home is required to report any allegation to the Administrator who must then report it to the state. Misappropriation of property is treated the same way as any abuse claim with regard to reporting requirements.
There were other incidents in that inspection report that resulted in the prescription of unnecessary medications for patients. For example, one patient was prescribed a higher strength pain medication without an attempt to start with a lower dose or to have a non-pharmacological intervention. For another resident, Ambien was repeatedly administered without the documentation of target behaviors and no documented non-pharmacological interventions.
In the most recent inspection report, there was an instance in which the facility provided hospice care to a patient without physician's orders to do so. For another patient, the pressure ulcer care was inadequate since the facility did not provide a low air loss mattress upon admission that could have helped with the pressure ulcer that the resident had when they entered the home.
In fact, this nursing home has a rate of pressure ulcers among its residents that is triple the national average. Incidents of pressure ulcers can be lessened and even prevented with the right treatment. Instead, nearly one in five residents of this facility were reported to have pressure ulcers. Further, nearly one in ten residents had experienced one or more falls that led to an injury, a rate that is also almost triple the national average.Have More Questions Regarding Lee’s Summit Pointe Health & Rehabilitation? Let Our Team Help.
At the Nursing Home Law Center, helping families hold nursing homes accountable for problems with their loved one's care is our specialty. We have many years of experience in fighting for elders who are being mistreated or neglected at the skilled nursing facility that should be caring for them. Call us at (800) 726-9565 for an in-depth discussion of your possible case. We can talk about the facts of your loved one's situation and whether we think you have a viable claim for financial compensation. The consultation is always free and if we take your case, it will be on a contingency basis. This means we only get paid if you are compensated.