N. Arundel Nursing Home Tries To Rectify Violations

November 11, 1990|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer

In an 11th-hour attempt to avoid losing its Medicare and Medicaid support, a Glen Burnie nursing home has submitted a new plan for correcting problems exposed by state inspections.

North Arundel Nursing and Convalescent Center, which failed its third inspection in October, outlined steps to rectify violations of at least 12 regulations. The plan was received by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday.

State investigators will make an unannounced inspection to check whether the 121-bed nursing home is following the correction plan, said department spokesman Michael Golden.

"We'll go in and see if they're doing what they're supposed to be doing," he said. "Hopefully, they'll get their act together."

Shirley D. McKnight, director of the private, 22-year-old nursing home on Hospital Drive, declined to discuss the plan Friday.

The nursing home is on the brink of becoming ineligible for Medicare and Medicaid financing, the federal insurance programs for the elderly and disabled. State officials have threatened to withhold reimbursements from both medical insurance programs starting Nov. 20, unless the center takes immediate steps to meet the regulations.

Carol Benner, acting director of licensing and certification for the Health Department, recommended those sanctions after inspectors found a continuing pattern of inadequate supervision, poor record-keeping, patient neglect and related problems.

In a 35-page report on their October inspection, investigators documented more than a dozen times when nurses gave patients the wrong food or too much medication. Other problems included incidents when nurses failed to tell supervisors about patient injuries.

Since Medicare and Medicaid provide most nursing home revenues, the center might not survive without the reimbursements.

Even if the center proves it has corrected the violations, it will be closely monitored by the Health Department.

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