News last week that Madison Manor in Richmond, KY might lose its Medicare/Medicaid certification drew the attention of nursing home advocates and our KY nursing home abuse lawyers at the Higgins Firm.
A year-long study concluded last August by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) listed Richmond Health and Rehabilitation Complex – a.k.a. Madison Manor – among the worst nursing homes in the nation.
Madison Manor nursing home was not alone.
The report found nearly 4% of the nation’s roughly 16,000 nursing homes could be considered to provide substandard care, defined as failing to meet even the minimum requirements required of nursing homes to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Nine other Kentucky nursing homes were part of this 4% worst in the nation with one KY nursing home (undisclosed) determined to be the second worst in the nation. The report also found that only 15 states had more poorly performing nursing homes than Kentucky.
More interesting, the GAO study found that chain-affiliated and for-profit nursing homes, on average, provided worse care, further support for Nursing Home Ownership May Determine Abuse. The reason is a correlation between chain and for-profit nursing homes and the bed-to-resident ratio and registered nurse-to-resident ratio, nearly 24% fewer.
Reporters digging deeper into the report find that the ten Kentucky nursing homes named in the report had also been cited by state inspectors for causing or posing a substantial risk of death or serious physical harm to their nursing home residents. Three of the ten Kentucky nursing homes (Madison Manor; Britthaven, Somerset; and Cambridge Place, Lexington) are on both the GAO list and a list of chronically troubled nursing homes compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services called the Special Focus Facilities list.
The regional director of operations for the nursing home corporation that owns Madison Manor, Extendicare, replied to the report stating that Madison Manor is now in substantial compliance with Kentucky and federal regulations.
Other Kentucky nursing homes making the GAO’s poor performance list include:
Salyersville Health Care Center, Salyersville; Villaspring, Erlanger; Pembroke Nursing Home, Pembroke; Arbor Place, Clinton; and Harborside Healthcare Nursing Homes, Florence, Madisonville and Owensboro