BHRC keeps service roles
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
Jul 17, 2013 | 762 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A public notice sent out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has confirmed Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center will continue to be a provider of its services.

According to the notice, “The Department of Health and Human Services retracts the public notice of June 28, 2013, announcing the termination of Bradley Health Care & Rehab, in Cleveland, Tennessee. Bradley Health Care & Rehab will continue as a provider of services under the Medicare program.”

The notice refers to a prior release by CMS which stated the agreement between the health care facility and CMS would be terminated.

Dennis Burtnett, BHRC administrator, explained the notice was a part of the state inspection process.

“They find concerns when they come out [for inspections at facilities under CMS’s watch]. We have the right to appeal through a hearing process, if we disagree with them,” Burtnett said. “We are required to have a plan of correction for them. They approve the plan of correction, which they did in this case, and then they revisit to make sure the plan of correction is in place.”

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent out the first notice as a reminder. If the health care service did not follow its plan of correction, then punishment would follow. Burtnett explained the center sends out about a thousand of these public notices every year. He said only a handful of facilities lose their Medicare and Medicaid contract.

Residents of the community who read the first notice printed on June 28 were confused, according to Burtnett. He said it led people to believe the center’s contract with Medicare and Medicaid would be canceled. Burtnett assured this is not the case.

The most recent notice is to alert the public to the fact the health care facility has followed through with its plan of correction and is in compliance with CMS.

Annual inspections are supposed to occur within 15 months of the most recent inspection.

“The annual inspection process is always a stressful one for our staff, the residents and their families,” Burtnett said. “... Although they do come out every 15 months, this past year, they were five months tardy, which added to the stress of the event.”

He said the health care facility staff is pleased the Department of Health and Human Services sees the good they do for the Bradley County community.