August 12, 2006
Feds May Yank Oakwood's $43 Million
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid said in an Aug 9 letter to KY officials that it plans to cut off $43 million in funding for Oakwood, and now they're closing in.
From the Lexington, KY Herald-Leader:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid told the state last September that it would yank Oakwood's federal funding after the facility received several Type A citations for failing to protect residents in early 2005. But the federal agency agreed that it would continue funding while the state appeals the termination decision. As a condition of the appeal, residents had to remain safe.
But problems at Oakwood have continued. Since January 2005, Oakwood has received 21 Type A citations, the most serious kind. Two of those citations were related to deaths -- one resident drowned in a bathtub, another died while choking on a hot dog. This summer, eight patient aides were arrested on charges that they abused residents.
Read story: Oakwood could lose $43 million
Posted on August 12, 2006