A Seattle-area nursing residence faces a $611,000 federal fine for a collection of failures resulting in it turning into the early epicenter of the Corona Virus outbreak within the United States.
The Life Care Center in Kirkland, related to at the least 40 Corona Virus deaths, had did not correctly look after and report back to state authorities a surge of respiratory diseases in mid-February, as required by native regulation — missteps that put its 120 live-in sufferers in direct hazard, in line with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal company.
State regulators and federal investigators on the company mentioned Life Care was too gradual to establish sick sufferers and allowed for employees to clock in whereas sick.
As the quantity of respiratory instances spiked, the middle went on as deliberate with organized group occasions in late February the place meals was shared amongst attendees, together with a Mardi Gras occasion for dozens of residents and guests.
The heart may attraction the fine. But it additionally faces the potential of dropping Medicare and Medicaid funding if it doesn’t appropriate well being deficiencies reported by CMS by Sept. 16, 2020.
Life Care didn’t reply to a request for remark. The Tennessee-based chain mentioned in an announcement issued to The Washington Post that it could “proceed to work with CMS to seek out options” to points raised in a CMS report.
“We are working laborious to deal with their present considerations in a well timed and respectful method in order to offer our residents the perfect care,” the assertion mentioned.
With Post wires.