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The Worst Nursing Facilities - Come On CMS. Information Bulletin 242 (3/08)

Date Mailed: Sunday, March 2nd 2008 04:24 PM
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The Worst Nursing Facilities - Come On CMS.  Information Bulletin 242 (3/08)

CMS issued a report on 2/13/08 identifying the 131 worst nursing facilities 
in the country.  To make this honor role:

(1) these facilities had at least twice as many deficiencies as the average 
number of average deficiencies than other nursing facilities in the quality of 
care they provided;
(2) they had more serious problems than other nursing homes ("serious 
problems"are those, by definition, that actually cause harm or injury to residents), 
AND
(3) they had a pattern of these "serious problems" that persisted over 
approximately three years.

One would think that such nursing institutions would have been shut down well 
before three years! Or at least, CMS would have disallowed federal Medicaid 
and Medicare funds to continue to flow to them.  Can one imagine how afraid 
older Americans and other residents with disabilities must be in these 
institutions?  They see and know these "serious problems" pervade the nursing facility 
where they are, and they must live in constant fear that they will be the next 
"serious problem" even though many want to return to the community with 
appropriate services.

Can anyone imagine the CMS officials or our esteemed federally elected 
officials letting their mothers or brothers or children stay in these institutions 
for any length of time, let alone three years?

One might think that our federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars would have 
been stopped as soon as a nursing facility caused one "serious" harm or injury to 
residents.  Without any question, when "serious problems" persist for more 
than one inspection, the dollars should have been stopped. But they continue.

What will it take to stop spending our federal dollars in nursing 
institutions that cause "serious" harm and injury to older Americans and people with 
disabilities?  Maybe if CMS officials will not impose serious penalties we should 
ask them to spend some time in these institutions as "residents." Let them 
have to live in these nursing institutions and be potential victims of "serious 
problems."  Such an experience might even push them to opt for community-based 
services as an entitlement. 

Maybe CMS should tell us how many residents need to be seriously injured or 
harmed before a nursing facility loses its Medicaid and Medicare funds.  Is 
there a magic number? 

Of the 131, here are the 52 worse nursing facilities that have not improved 
but still receive Medicaid and Medicare funds. (Some of the 131 "improved" in 
one inspection but have not sustained improvement for 12 months.)  Let's 
remember these 52 are only the tip of the worst..

Disability and Older American advocates could check out the 
mortality/morbidity rates in these nursing facilities.  Do your newspapers know these esteemed 
nursing facilities have made the CMS "worse" list? 

You could even determine what, if anything, your state Health Department (or 
whatever is the nursing home inspection unit in your State)  has done to 
monitor or impose sanctions on these dangerous institutions. 

Eastview Health Care Center,        Birmingham, Al,
Medi-Home Inc,              Fort Smith AR,
Infinia At Show Low,                Show Low, AZ,
Evergreen Foothills Health & Rehab,     Phoenix, AZ,
Ember Health Care - Pomona,     Pomona, CA,
Pleasant Care Rehab&Nursing Center, Santa Cruz, CA,
Eagle Ridge at Grand Valley,            Grand Junction, CO,
Kindred Healthcare & Rehab,     Northgleen, CP,
Apollo Health & Rehab,          St. Petersburg, FL,
Key West Conv Center,           Key West, FL,
Polk City Nurisng & Rehab,          Polk City, IA,
Cedar Falls Health care,            Cedar Falls, IA,
International Village,              Chicago, IL,
Berkshire Nursing & Rehab Center,       Forest Park, IL,
Hillcrest Center for Heath & Rehab,     Jeffersonville, IN,
St. Jospeh Care Center - west,      South bend, IN,
Valparaiso Care & Rehab center      Valparaiso, IN
Deseret Nursing & Rehab             Colby, KS
Highlands Nursing               Louisville, KY
Cambridge Place             Lexington, KY
Cedar Hill Health Care          Randolph, MA
Harborside Healthare                Wakefield, MA
Fairlane Senior Care                Detroit, MI
Imperial Healthcare             Dearborn Heights, MI
Metron of Big Rapids                Big Rapids, MI
West Village Manor              Columbia, MO
Senior Estates                  Kansas City, MO
St. Elizabeth Healthcare            Florissant, MO
Evergreen Missoula              Missoula, MT
Infinia Att Florence Heights            Omaha, NE
Victoria Health Care Cente          Matawan, NJ
Fort Bayard Med Center          Fort Bayard, NM
Northwoods Rehab ECC Hilltop        Niskayuna, NY
Geriatric Center of Mansfield       Mansfield, OH
Woodlawn Health Care            Pawhuska, OK
Northwest Nursing Center            Oklahoma City, OK
Hometown Nursing                Tamqua, PA
Ashton Hall                 Phila, PA
Brighten at Broomall                Broomall, PA
Unihealth Post Acute (formerly
    Manolia Manor)          Moncks Corner, SC
Bennett Co. Hosp & Nursing      Martin, SC
Overton Park Health care            Memphis, Tn
Taylor Care                 Taylor, TX
Renaissance at Kessler Park         Dallas, TX
Bennner Healthcare              Houston, TX
San Saba Nursing Home           San Saba, TX
Ruston Health of Woodbridge     Woodbridge, VA
Frontier Rehab & Ext Care           Longview, WA
Franklin Hills Health & Reha        Spokane, WA
Willows Nursing and Rehab           Sun Prairie, WI
Middleton Village Nursing Rehab     Middleton, WI

Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues

Back issues of other Information Bulletins are available online at 
http://www.stevegoldada.com 
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in the country.&nbsp; To make this honor role:<BR>
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number of average deficiencies than other nursing facilities in the quality=20=
of care they provided;<BR>
(2) they had more serious problems than other nursing homes ("serious proble=
ms"are those, by definition, that actually cause harm or injury to residents=
), AND<BR>
(3) they had a pattern of these "serious problems" that persisted over appro=
ximately three years.<BR>
<BR>
One would think that such nursing institutions would have been shut down wel=
l before three years! Or at least, CMS would have disallowed federal Medicai=
d and Medicare funds to continue to flow to them.&nbsp; Can one imagine how=20=
afraid older Americans and other residents with disabilities must be in thes=
e institutions?&nbsp; They see and know these "serious problems" pervade the=
 nursing facility where they are, and they must live in constant fear that t=
hey will be the next "serious problem" even though many want to return to th=
e community with appropriate services.<BR>
<BR>
Can anyone imagine the CMS officials or our esteemed federally elected offic=
ials letting their mothers or brothers or children stay in these institution=
s for any length of time, let alone three years?<BR>
<BR>
One might think that our federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars would have be=
en stopped as soon as a nursing facility caused one "serious" harm or injury=
 to residents.&nbsp; Without any question, when "serious problems" persist f=
or more than one inspection, the dollars should have been stopped. But they=20=
continue.<BR>
<BR>
What will it take to stop spending our federal dollars in nursing institutio=
ns that cause "serious" harm and injury to older Americans and people with d=
isabilities?&nbsp; Maybe if CMS officials will not impose serious penalties=20=
we should ask them to spend some time in these institutions as "residents."=20=
Let them have to live in these nursing institutions and be potential victims=
 of "serious problems."&nbsp; Such an experience might even push them to opt=
 for community-based services as an entitlement. <BR>
<BR>
Maybe CMS should tell us how many residents need to be seriously injured or=20=
harmed before a nursing facility loses its Medicaid and Medicare funds.&nbsp=
; Is there a magic number? <BR>
<BR>
Of the 131, here are the 52 worse nursing facilities that have not improved=20=
but still receive Medicaid and Medicare funds. (Some of the 131 "improved" i=
n one inspection but have not sustained improvement for 12 months.)&nbsp; Le=
t's remember these 52 are only the tip of the worst..<BR>
<BR>
Disability and Older American advocates could check out the mortality/morbid=
ity rates in these nursing facilities.&nbsp; Do your newspapers know these e=
steemed nursing facilities have made the CMS "worse" list? <BR>
<BR>
You could even determine what, if anything, your state Health Department (or=
 whatever is the nursing home inspection unit in your State)&nbsp; has done=20=
to monitor or impose sanctions on these dangerous institutions. <BR>
<BR>
Eastview Health Care Center,        Birmingham, Al,<BR>
Medi-Home Inc,              Fort Smith AR,<BR>
Infinia At Show Low,                Show Low, AZ,<BR>
Evergreen Foothills Health &amp; Rehab,     Phoenix, AZ,<BR>
Ember Health Care - Pomona,     Pomona, CA,<BR>
Pleasant Care Rehab&amp;Nursing Center, Santa Cruz, CA,<BR>
Eagle Ridge at Grand Valley,            Grand Junction, CO,<BR>
Kindred Healthcare &amp; Rehab,     Northgleen, CP,<BR>
Apollo Health &amp; Rehab,          St. Petersburg, FL,<BR>
Key West Conv Center,           Key West, FL,<BR>
Polk City Nurisng &amp; Rehab,          Polk City, IA,<BR>
Cedar Falls Health care,            Cedar Falls, IA,<BR>
International Village,              Chicago, IL,<BR>
Berkshire Nursing &amp; Rehab Center,       Forest Park, IL,<BR>
Hillcrest Center for Heath &amp; Rehab,     Jeffersonville, IN,<BR>
St. Jospeh Care Center - west,      South bend, IN,<BR>
Valparaiso Care &amp; Rehab center      Valparaiso, IN<BR>
Deseret Nursing &amp; Rehab             Colby, KS<BR>
Highlands Nursing               Louisville, KY<BR>
Cambridge Place             Lexington, KY<BR>
Cedar Hill Health Care          Randolph, MA<BR>
Harborside Healthare                Wakefield, MA<BR>
Fairlane Senior Care                Detroit, MI<BR>
Imperial Healthcare             Dearborn Heights, MI<BR>
Metron of Big Rapids                Big Rapids, MI<BR>
West Village Manor              Columbia, MO<BR>
Senior Estates                  Kansas City, MO<BR>
St. Elizabeth Healthcare            Florissant, MO<BR>
Evergreen Missoula              Missoula, MT<BR>
Infinia Att Florence Heights            Omaha, NE<BR>
Victoria Health Care Cente          Matawan, NJ<BR>
Fort Bayard Med Center          Fort Bayard, NM<BR>
Northwoods Rehab ECC Hilltop        Niskayuna, NY<BR>
Geriatric Center of Mansfield       Mansfield, OH<BR>
Woodlawn Health Care            Pawhuska, OK<BR>
Northwest Nursing Center            Oklahoma City, OK<BR>
Hometown Nursing                Tamqua, PA<BR>
Ashton Hall                 Phila, PA<BR>
Brighten at Broomall                Broomall, PA<BR>
Unihealth Post Acute (formerly<BR>
    Manolia Manor)          Moncks Corner, SC<BR>
Bennett Co. Hosp &amp; Nursing      Martin, SC<BR>
Overton Park Health care            Memphis, Tn<BR>
Taylor Care                 Taylor, TX<BR>
Renaissance at Kessler Park         Dallas, TX<BR>
Bennner Healthcare              Houston, TX<BR>
San Saba Nursing Home           San Saba, TX<BR>
Ruston Health of Woodbridge     Woodbridge, VA<BR>
Frontier Rehab &amp; Ext Care           Longview, WA<BR>
Franklin Hills Health &amp; Reha        Spokane, WA<BR>
Willows Nursing and Rehab           Sun Prairie, WI<BR>
Middleton Village Nursing Rehab     Middleton, WI<BR>
<BR>
Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues<BR>
<BR>
Back issues of other Information Bulletins are available online at http://ww=
w.stevegoldada.com <BR>
with a searchable Archive at this site divided into different subjects.&nbsp=
; To contact Steve Gold directly, write to stevegoldada@cs.com or call 215-6=
27-7100.   <BR>
<BR>
<BR>
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