Last week we discussed one of the more unusual– if not alarming– situations involving nursing nursing homes that I’ve come across in a long time, how a fire erupted at an Ohio Nursing Home that was suspected to be related to a visitor cooking up a batch of methamphetamine in a patients room.
Following the incident, the Ohio Department of Health determined that the Park Haven Home in Ashtabula, OH was in violation of multiple federal regulations pertaining to nursing home care. In particular, the fire drew attention to serious omissions that were deemed to post an immediate threat to patient safety. Investigators discovered:
- The lack of a written plan to evacuate residents during an emergency
- No closing and latching doors
- Using improper type beds for patients at the facility
According to a report in the Washington Post, the recent meth incident coupled with the serious violations was enough for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to take the first steps towards terminating the facilities Medicaid provider agreement. Without Medicaid funding, the facility would almost surely close down as a substantial majority of the facilities operating budget is provided through patients’ Medicaid benefits.
Under the terms of Medicaid termination process, Park Haven has 30 days to request a hearing to challenge the State’s findings.
As difficult as the closure of this facility will likely be for current patients, it certainly sounds as though the closure of this facility is in the best interests of their long-term health and safety. From the sounds of this facility (a one out of five star Medicare rating on health inspections and quality measures and 11 fire safety violations in 2010 and 2011) the day of reckoning has been a long time coming and certainly well deserved.
For laws related to Ohio nursing homes, look here.