A nursing and behavioral center located in New Jersey that served residents of New York and New Jersey is set to close in a matter of weeks. The New Jersey Department of Health revoked the facility’s license due to a failure to correct violations.
The agency claims the facility received multiple notifications to address the issues but its failure to come into compliance necessitated additional action. A representative stated the facility, Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center, posed a serious risk to the public. The state has instructed the facility to close and transfer its residents to another facility by August 15, 2022.
Was the facility expecting this action?
There were warning signs. As noted above, the state provided multiple notifications of failures to comply with applicable rules and regulations. A failure to address these notifications can come with repercussions, such as potential closure.
The facility was also the subject of action by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The federal agency seized the facility’s funding — a major issue as they provided over 90% of the facility’s funds.
How can my nursing home facility avoid a similar fate?
This case is a one-two punch: the CMS took away funding and the state revoked their license. Other facilities should use this case as a reminder to conduct regular internal audits to ensure their facility follows applicable regulations. Take the time to review the findings and address any issues to avoid allegations of a violation.
If you do receive notification of a violation of the False Claims Act (FCA) or other federal regulation, address the issue. In some cases, it is wise to seek legal counsel experienced in this niche area of healthcare law to help guide you through the process while better ensure your legal rights are protected.
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