The embattled administrator of Veterans Victory House nursing home resigned.  Sandra Ferguson stepped down and has been replaced with Greg McNeil.  The infractions and fines against Veterans Victory House are in a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

According to the document, the Veterans Victory House was not in compliance with the Medicare and Medicaid guidelines.  According to regulations, conditions at the nursing home were likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment or death to a resident or patient.

The report also says Veterans Victory House will not be paid any Medicare or Medicaid claims for newly admitted residents. The federal government is giving the facility until Jun. 14 to comply with the guidelines or face the total loss of Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Veterans Victory House filed 29 reports of adverse incidents at the facility in February alone, according to new data from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.  (Nursing homes are required to file a report when there is a serious injury at the facility although often times many do not get reported).  DHEC sometimes even requires two reports to be submitted for every incident–a 24-hour report and a 5-day report.

The reports for Veterans Victory House list several cases that fall under the category “neglect or exploitation, suspected or confirmed abuse.”

Reports filed by Veterans Victory House staff in February also include two instances with a category that uses terms like “severe burns,” “lacerations,” or “severe injuries that could include medical equipment malfunction or misuse.”

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