BAYONET POINT — A local nursing home will no longer be allowed to care for Medicare and Medicaid patients if it does not correct deficiencies that state officials say put residents in "immediate jeopardy."
Officials would not say what the problems were at Bayonet Point Health and Rehabilitation Center, citing patient confidentiality, but said they were found during a Jan. 8 inspection at the 180-bed center, which is at 7210 Beacon Woods Drive.
"The survey found that the facility was not in substantial compliance with the participation requirements, and that conditions in the facility constituted immediate jeopardy to residents' health and safety," said Shelisha Durden, a spokeswoman for the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
She said the center has been given until Jan. 29 to submit an acceptable plan of correction for all deficiencies.
Administrators at Bayonet Point did not return calls for comment Friday. A woman who answered the phone said they were in meetings.
The center describes itself on its Web site this way:
"Quality of life for each of our family members is a top priority. We are committed to quality in rehabilitation, specialty health care, and long-term services. We will work to improve the comfort, strength, mobility and independence of our patients. We have been in the Hudson area for 24 years, and our experience in meeting the needs and expectations of our customers has earned us our reputation as a high-quality skilled nursing center."
A legal ad that ran in the Times on Friday said no new Medicare or Medicaid patients would be accepted at the center after Jan. 31, while current patients who are insured by those programs would have coverage of nursing services for a maximum of 30 days.
Medicare is the government insurance program for the elderly. Medicaid is the government insurance program that covers the poor.
Lee Millman, a spokeswoman for Medicare, declined to discuss specifics of the case but said it's rare that centers are terminated from the program.
Time allowed for correcting deficiencies varies based on the nature of the problem and how much it threatens health and safety. Minor problems can get about three months leeway, while severe ones might have to be dealt with in as little as a couple of days.
"Our goal is to provide quality health care in a safe environment," she said. The agency doesn't do its own inspections but contracts with another agency — usually the state — to handle them. In Florida, they are typically handled by the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
Records show Bayonet Point is owned by a for-profit company and was certified to receive Medicare payments in 1986.
The last federal routine inspection report of Bayonet Point posted online was Dec. 18, 2008. The center received an overall rating of two out of five possible stars. According to the Medicare Web site, a two-star rating means a center is below average. A five-star rating means it is much above average.
Records showed 14 violations, five more than the average in Florida facilities and six more than the national average. All were corrected in a month.
In other ratings, the center received four stars for staffing levels. It received its lowest, one star, for quality measures. Most of the problems involved high numbers of patients with bedsores when compared with state and national averages.
State records show the center received an overall rating of two stars. That means it ranked better than 21 to 40 percent of facilities in the region.
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