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Local nursing home residents in "immediate jeopardy" after recent inspection

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OOLTEWAH, TN (WRCB) -

Residents at an Ooltewah nursing home are in "immediate jeopardy" and are living with "substandard quality of care," according to state documents obtained by Channel 3.

Life Care Center of Ooltewah could lose government funding for Medicare and Medicaid if conditions don't improve by October 10.

"When conditions determine a need for immediate jeopardy a facility will have the Medicare provider agreement terminated," said Bill Christian with the State Department of Health. "If the Medicare provider agreement is terminated nursing home residents who are paid for by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid can no longer be cared for in the facility and must be found alternate placements."

The centers for medicare & medicaid services (cms) enters into an agreement with nursing homes that provide quality care in a safe environment.

Inspectors with the state department of health and human services toured the facility september 13-17 and identified:

  • Immediate Jeopardy: a situation in which the provider's noncompliance with one or more requirements of participation has caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a resident)
  • Substandard Quality of Care: related to a systemic problem with accurate transcription of admission medication orders on the medication administration records and with reconciliation of medication orders with the medication administration records.

The 67-page report says one resident had a significant medication error.

One inspector found an unattended medication cart in the hallway and observed a resident's medication and personal information in plain view.

The report found the facility failed to follow policy for transcribing medication orders, resulting in a "significant medication error," thus placing one resident that missed 25 doses of a blood thinning medication in "Immediate Jeopardy."

The facility failed to perform Nursing Competency Assessments on 43 of 59 licensed staff employed by the facility, according to inspectors.

Life Care officials were informed of the Immediate Jeopardy on September 16. The state will be back for an unannounced re-visit this month to ensure the facility is developing a plan of correction.

Richard Ervin, executive director of the facility, released a prepared statement to Channel 3 on Thursday.

"During a September visit from state surveyors, the survey team noticed some areas of concern," he said. "We responded to the notification quickly and are continuing to work in close contact with the state to ensure our associates and protocols are compliant with state standards in all areas."

"On Wednesday, we received a follow-up visit in which the state lifted the immediacy. The October 10 deadline is no longer in effect and we are continuing with our plan of correction. During this time, our residents remain the focus at Life Care Center of Ooltewah."

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