Burtnett explains Medicare notice
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
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A public notice in today’s edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner concerning Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center may have some people feeling both confused and alarmed.

Dennis Burtnett, BHRC administrator, said the notice is routine, following the state’s recent inspection.

“Nursing homes are one of the most heavily regulated institutions,” Burtnett said. “[Inspectors] are going to find some things we need to do better.”

Dr. John Stanbery, BHRC board chairman, reiterated the notice is part of the inspection process.

“The men and women of Bradley Healthcare do an excellent job day in and day out of providing care for our residents,” Stanbery said. “It is very different for health inspectors who only walk through the building once every year or two to critique them.”

Continued Stanbery, “We are an excellent facility. We will continue to be an excellent facility and we will continue to be here for years to come.”

The notice in today’s paper announced the agreement between the health care facility and Secretary of Health and Human Services is to be terminated.

According to the notice, “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has determined that Bradley Health and Rehab is not in compliance with the Requirements for Participation.”

A state inspection occurred recently, five months after the 15-month window closed for the health care facility’s annual state inspection. Burtnett said the center has received the state’s remarks and is working on a plan of correction. The plan will then be submitted to the state before a follow-up inspection is scheduled.

“We are actively working on those,” Burtnett said. “The inspection is not done. They will be coming in [again] before July 12.”

He explained the facility not being in compliance could be anything from paperwork to patient care to maintenance issues.

Stanbery said the inspection can be a very subjective procedure, with very real penalties.

According to Burtnett, there are about 800 pages of regulations for healthcare facilities.

“We try to keep the standards 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Burtnett explained. “That is something we are constantly looking at through our quality insurance.”

He said the legal notice is a way for the state to enforce the importance of nursing homes meeting the detailed requirements.

The notice explains what will happen if the inspection is not passed:

“The Medicare/Medicaid program will not make payment for in-patient nursing services to residents who are admitted after July 12, 2013. For residents admitted prior to July 12, 2013, payment may continue for a maximum of 30 days for nursing services. Such payment is specifically limited to covered services through the close of business August 11, 2013.”

Burtnett voiced his confidence in the facility meeting the standards.

“We take great pride in the care we provide our residents,” Burtnett said. “We will continue to do so.”