Monday, December 7, 2015

Admissions Frozen at Limestone Facility

By Walter F. Roche Jr.

A Nashville nursing home is closing its doors voluntarily, while the state has put a freeze on any new admissions at a Limestone facility recently cited for multiple violations.
Closing by Dec. 15 is the Belcourt Terrace Nursing Home in Nashville, Tenn. which is licensed for 49 beds, but recently had only 23 residents.
Woody McMillin, a spokesman for the state Health Department said the closure was voluntary and the Belcourt staff were assisting patients and their families with finding other placement.
The facility is owned by an Ohio firm AHF/Central State Services. Company officials did not respond to a request for comment.
In a legal notice the home said it would be placing the state license on inactive status and would be withdrawing from the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The home has a history of rules violations but recently received clearance on a long list of corrective actions.
The facility had been cited earlier this year for patients having developed bed sores and leaving patients in bed for extended periods of time during the day.
In Limestone state Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner has imposed a freeze on any new admissions to John M. Reed Health and Rehabilitation. He also fined the home $4,000 citing multiple violations of state and federal requirements.
The 63-bed nursing home in Limestone was inspected on Nov. 5 and cited for failure to provide basic services and failing to maintain proper medical records.
Dreyzehner also named an independent monitor to oversee the operation of the home.
Last week the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it would not pay for any new patients admitted to the Reed facility.
CMS cited the same findings the state used to order a freeze on admissions.

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