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Raleigh senior center loses federal funding

Posted April 27, 2012
Updated April 29, 2012

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— A Raleigh senior health care center has lost its federal Medicaid and Medicare funding, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.

Blue Ridge Health Care Center in Raleigh had been cited three times by regulators with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for violations and "substandard quality of care," according to a news release. Most of the problems involved monitoring patients on ventilators.

The 134-bed center currently has 81 patients who receive either of the government insurance programs.

Thursday's revocation means Blue Ridge Heath Care Center has 30 days to relocate them to another health care facility and to inform the residents and their family members of that plan.

Calls and emails to Sharon Donoghue, a spokeswoman for the center, were not immediately returned Friday evening.

The department says families in need of specialized relocation services can contact the adult services division of their local social services office.

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  • ladyblue Apr 30, 2012

    this is just so sad when this happens to these poor senior patients as they are sent all over the state, some far from the only family they have to ensure they are getting proper care elsewhere. this happened once to my friend's mother and she had to travel over 100 miles to see her mother which meant very rarely and it took almost a year for opening and her name to come up on one closer by. so again as usual the greediness and neglect of others causes someone else the pain...