The Chicago Post-Tribune reported this afternoon on efforts by the Northlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to fight a previous ruling that had revoked its ablity to take part in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Most blog readers know that that vast majority of funds that all of these homes use to run come from the federal government in the form of Medicare and Medicaid payments.
Last May, the United States Department of Health and Human Services revoked Northlake’s ability to participate in the programs because of the facilities inability to meet appropriate standards of care. It was repeatedly on the list of the worst performing nursing homes in the entire country. Specifically, several surveys were conducted at the facility where a variety of large and small deficiencies were found.
The facility is arguing procedural violations by state officials in its bid to overturn the previous ruling. Essentially they are suggesting that they were not given an appropriate number of hearings to contest the matter.
According to the report, the owner of Northlake also runs other negligent Illinois nursing homes which have been cited by both state and federal official for improper treatment of residents. The company under which Northlake was part has its headquarters just north of Chicago in Evanston.
Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti know that far too many facilities escape proper punishment for the poor care that they provide. We support efforts by federal and state regulators to uphold the law. No facility should be allowed to re-open unless there are no concerns at all about their commitment to providing a level of care to residents that meets appropriate standards.
We continue to urge all community members to help in the enforcement effort. Do not allow residents to suffer in silence. Get in touch with an Illinois injury attorney is your suspect that a resident has been injured because of inadequate care.
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