Nursing home told that it will lose federal funding next month Harford Gardens failed 3 consecutive inspections

November 10, 1998|By Daniel Valentine | Daniel Valentine,CONTRIBUTING WRITER Sun staff writer Walter F. Roche Jr. contributed to this article.

A Northeast Baltimore nursing home that has failed three consecutive inspections has been notified that all federal funding for the facility will be cut off by mid-December, an action that could force the shutdown of the facility and the relocation of 140 patients.

Carol Benner, a state health department official, said yesterday that the management of Harford Gardens, at 4700 Harford Road, was notified late last month that the home had failed its third inspection in six months.

The notice from the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration states that the federal government will not pay for the care of any patients admitted after Nov. 19. Patients admitted before that deadline will be paid for through Dec. 19. About 120 of the 140 patients at the facility are covered by the federally funded Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Benner said the home could get a last-minute reprieve if the management submits a corrective action plan and passes a subsequent on-site inspection before the deadline.

However, Benner said that because of the three failed inspections, permission would be needed from HCFA for another inspection to take place. She added that she was hopeful a shutdown of the facility would not be necessary.

Benner said Harford Gardens, which is owned by Harborside Healthcare of Boston, has shown improvement but failed to meet minimum patient care requirements. She said the most serious deficiency related to prevention and treatment of bed sores.

Nancy Harrell, director of nursing at Harford Gardens, said other violations were a matter of "recordkeeping as opposed to care."

Harborside Healthcare spokeswoman Lisa Vichet-Miller said Harford Gardens has instituted many changes since it was last inspected in September and does not foresee problems passing inspection.

"We're confident that all the issues have been corrected," Vichet-Miller said.

Pub Date: 11/10/98

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