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Ban Lifted on Nursing Home: Despite Numerous Violations, State Says Issues are “Corrected”

image03 Five days after it banned new patients from entering the Bristol Nursing Home in Bristol, TN, the state Health Department decided the facility was “in compliance” and could accept residents again.

“[Conditions leading to] ‘immediate jeopardy’ citations have been corrected,” said the Health Department’s announcement, in late April.

“Immediate Jeopardy” situations are “crisis” situations in which there’s either a potential for harm or actual harm done to one person. Once they’ve identified an “Immediate Jeopardy” situation, regulators are required by federal law to make sure the situation doesn’t continue.

“The principles of Immediate Jeopardy apply to all certified Medicare/Medicaid entities, and need to be followed for all individuals receiving care and services in those entities,” said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Web site.

An examination of four Tennessee Health Department surveys revealed that Bristol Nursing Home failed to:

  • Administer proper medications
  • Keep residents’ toenails at proper lengths
  • Contain violence among residents

According to Tennessee Health Department documents, 30 percent of all nursing homes – about 30 total – had substantiated complaints in 2010.

For more information on nursing homes in Tennessee look here. For laws related to Tennessee nursing homes, look here.

To read more about immediate jeopardy and other important nursing home terms, visit:

Nursing Homes Abuse Blog: Terms to Better Understand Your Nursing Home

Nursing Home Injury Laws: Glossary

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