The Knoxville News reported Maryland’s Colonial Hills Nursing Center will likely lose its status as a Medicare service provider and take only private-pay patients for at least the next six months effective Jan. 7.  CMS has determined that the nursing home "is not in compliance" with its regulations.   More than six months ago, Colonial Hills was added to a national list of "special focus" facilities in danger of losing certification, and as of October, the list said, conditions at Colonial Hills had not improved enough for it to be removed from the list.  Medicare will not pay for the care of any residents admitted after Jan. 7 and will pay only for 30 days’ care, through Feb. 6, for residents admitted before Jan. 7.

Beecher Hunter is president of Cleveland, Tenn.-based Life Care Centers of America, which manages Colonial Hills and more than 100 other nursing homes. Hunter blames previous administrator, Rick Sharp, who was "dismissed". Director of Nursing Donia Amburn is serving as interim administrator while Life Care looks for the "best person" to fill the position full time. 

So they blame everything on the Administrator–I would like to hear his side of the story.


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