Family members of residents at Bristol Nursing Home discuss concerns

Bristol Nursing Home Developments

BRISTOL, Tenn. - First, their new admissions were stopped; days later, Bristol Nursing Home learned about another problem.

We checked the nursing home's Medicare inspection record and found it ranking much below average. Now Medicaid and Medicare is cutting funding for patients there.

More than 100 residents at Bristol Nursing Home may have to find a new home.

That's concerning news for Niki Mullins since her father has lived here for about three weeks. Mullins says she's worried about having to move him elsewhere. "In this area space is limited and beds are at a premium, so I don't know that that's even an option. We'll see what happens," she said.

It's due to a move by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, which notified the nursing home it was involuntarily terminating its Medicare and Medicaid contracts.

When it comes to why CMS cut funding, Terena Raidt, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Bristol Nursing Home, said "[on] an ongoing basis we're working with regulatory agencies."

It's one more battle after investigators with the Tennessee Department of Health found several violations during an inspection back on April 18. Click here to read that story.

Inspectors determined those violations detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of residents. The 43-page report (click here to download the report in PDF format) shows violations including administration, records and reports, and residents' rights.

Allegations in the report date back to early December, when a nurse allegedly put tape on a resident's mouth. In the report we learned that nurse was terminated by an administrator December 6.

A complaint was also investigated alleged sexual activity by a Certified Nursing Assistant and a resident. In the report a medical exam was completed by a gynecologist that found that allegation unfounded.

Currently the nursing home cannot accept any new residents.

Karen Watson Clark's mother and father once lived at Bristol Nursing Home. She says she's seen first-hand the improvements the nursing home has made over the years, but this news was a surprise. "There are always concerns in any rehab or nursing home," she said.

Nursing home officials say they do not know if the termination of Medicaid and Medicare benefits will be permanent.

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