White Community Hospital and Nursing Home, Aurora, Minn., has had its Medicare and Medicaid payments pulled for failing a state safety inspection, and the 69-bed nursing home will not accept new residents covered by Medicare or Medicaid until it clears a follow-up inspection, the Minnesota Department of Health said.
"We have submitted a plan of correction that was accepted by the department of health, and a resurvey will be scheduled," Paula Schaefbauer, administrator of the rural facility 60-miles north of Duluth, Minn., told Modern Healthcare's Daily Dose.
During a routine inspection last month, state inspectors found 11 safety violations, three of which they said put residents at risk. The most serious offenses were related to incidents involving frail residents who received repeated injuries from falls and other residents who endured abuse from another aggressive resident diagnosed with dementia.
Other violations included the storage of perishable foods past their due dates, inconsistent communication between a pharmacist and physician concerning residents' medications, and a missed performance review.
Schaefbauer said the home had a good record and of its two citations received in 1999 and nine received in 2000, none put residents at risk for harm. A July 2001 inspection found three minor violations. --by Julie Piotrowski