Xenia nursing home avoids getting cut from Medicaid, Medicare

A nursing home in Xenia is back in compliance with the federal rules and is no longer going to be cut off from accepting patients paying with Medicare or Medicaid.

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had previously sent a notice to Hospitality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing saying that it would end the nursing home's agreement with the two insurance programs on April 10, citing a series of patient care problems.

However, before the final cut off date, state inspectors made a final surprise visit and since the problems were fixed, the threat of getting cut off from Medicaid and Medicare was lifted on April 2.

“We, at Hospitality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, are please to confirm that we are 100% in compliance with the request from CMS,” the nursing home’s management Hillstone Healthcare said in a statement. “We are please to reiterate that we will continue to operate and serve our residents, families and communities with the highest level of care.”

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The process toward termination from the insurance programs had started Oct. 10 when, according to state citations, a resident at the 1301 N. Monroe Drive nursing home fractured her femur when she was transferred from a bed to a wheelchair by one aide using a lift device when the resident was supposed to be transferred by two aides. The resident fractured her femur when her leg was bent backwards during the transfer, according to a citation.

A state nursing home inspector said in a citation report the aide did not report the incident to the administrator until the next day, the aide was not suspended in a timely manner during the investigation because she was not suspended until the end of her shift, and the inspector also said the administrator should have self-reported the incident to the state agency.

When nursing homes are cited for rule violations, they must submit a plan to correct the violations and complete the plan or risk further penalties.

Inspectors revisited the 99-bed nursing home on Nov. 5, Nov. 29 and Feb. 6, and concluded the nursing home was still not complying with the rules.

And then on March 7, state inspectors looked into an additional complaint at the nursing home and found a licensed practical nurse on Feb. 15 grabbed a nursing home resident by the chin while saying “you are not going to hit me” and then punched him in the stomach. The report states the LPN was immediately suspended and then fired.

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The report states the nursing home resident was hallucinating and had kicked the LPN and hit her in the ear.

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