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Illinois Nursing Home Nearly Lost Medicare Participation For Poor Resident Care

An Illinois nursing home in Alton-the Eunice C. Smith Nursing Home-was on the cusp of losing all federal payments following repeated examples of bad nursing home care.

The Telegraph reported on the news last week. According to the story the facility was first at risk for losing its ability to participate in the federal Medicare program after it failed a site visit last September. Both Illinois and federal investigators determined that the quality of care being provided by the nursing home was inadequate. The facility was given a set amount of time to correct the problems. However, a second visit to the site in December revealed that many problems persisted.

At that point, the facility was given only two months to comply, with failure to result in loss of Medicare participation-a virtual requirement for any successful nursing home. The investigators were specifically concerned with the facility’s treatment and prevention of pressure sores as well as its daily activities for dependent residents.

Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti applaud all government efforts to hold these negligent facilities accountable for their mistakes that place resident lives in jeopardy. Unfortunately, efforts like this one to proactively sanction nursing homes occur only rarely. There are simply too many facilities and too few resources given to these government bodies to even begin to ensure that each and every facility acts as it should. That is why it is necessary for private citizens-friends and family members of the residents-to come forward and press to have these facilities held accountable. Be sure to contact a nursing home lawyer to help in that accountability process.

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