Tribune-Courier General Manager
BENTON — The operators of a Marshall County nursing home say they have produced a satisfactory plan to address concerns that threaten their status to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Lake Way Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Benton was notified last week that its eligibility to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding would be involuntarily terminated because of conditions at the home according to findings of a recent licensure and certification survey by the Office of Inspector General in Hopkinsville.
A public notice for involuntary termination of Medicare/Medicaid provider agreement was published in last week’s Tribune-Courier stating Lake Way “was not in compliance with the Requirements for Participation.”
Jim Kennedy, administrator for Lake Way, declined to identify specific deficiencies found during the survey, but in a written statement said his facility was “given specific areas that required correction, and we developed a written plan to address those.”
Kennedy said the plan was submitted to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Atlanta last week. “They reviewed and accepted the plan and directed the Office of Inspector General to conduct a revisit, to validate that our plan was in place and was effective in correcting their previous findings, he said.
Kennedy said the re-inspection took place on Thursday and Friday last week. “Our plan was found to be in place and working effectively; therefore, the September 30 date mentioned in the C.M.S. posting is no longer applicable.”
Kennedy said another followup visit will be conducted by the Office of Inspector General sometime after October 29. He indicated the home “still has some minor deficiencies to address.”
Nursing home inspection reports are posted on the website of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. As of press time the most recent Lake Way report had not been posted.
Lake Way is owned by Principle Long-Term Care of Kinston, N.C. and is licensed to operate 96 beds. They currently have 83 residents, 63 of whom are covered by federal funds according to Kennedy.