This story was updated on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, to reflect that it was incorrectly reported that the Deer Lodge nursing home's non-compliance problems would result in the loss of the facility’s certification. Rather, the facility works to correct the problem before any such drastic action is taken, a spokesman said.
DEER LODGE – A Deer Lodge nursing home and rehab facility has received notice that its Medicare provider agreement will be terminated on February 25 for non-compliance.
Facility personnel are working to correct the non-compliance complaints to avert closure.
The order means Medicare will not pay Genesis Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 1100 Texas Ave., for nursing services furnished to patients who are admitted after Feb. 25, according to a legal notice. For patients admitted on Feb. 25, or earlier, payment may continue for up to 30 calendar days.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services conducts reviews or surveys of skilled nursing facilities routinely, and during a survey at Deer Lodge last month, the facility received several citations. Details weren’t available on what those citations entailed.
Jeanne Moore, Deer Lodge spokesperson for Genesis HealthCare, said in an email, “We are cooperating with the Department of Public Health and are working diligently to meet all state and federal guidelines and are hopeful that these efforts will abate the immediate issues.”
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She did not define those “immediate issues.’’
The 60-bed facility received notice Feb. 17 of the termination from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regional office in Denver.
“We are working in cooperation with the Department and CMS to implement corrective action. During this process, the staff remains dedicated to the patients and residents and to providing quality care every day,” Moore said.
She declined to say how many patients are at the facility or how many people it employs.
Genesis HealthCare, with headquarters in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is one of the nation’s largest skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy providers with approximately 500 facilities located in 34 states, according to its website.
In Deer Lodge, Genesis provides 24-hour skilled nursing services for elderly residents and people with a chronic condition or a prolonged illness, as well as patients who need skilled nursing and rehabilitation as they transition from a hospital stay to home following such things as a stroke, hip fracture, multiple trauma, neurological disorders, etc.
Years ago, the facility was called the the Colonial Manor Nursing Home, and later the Deer Lodge Care and Rehab Center.