Lillington Care Center Among Those Fined

Feds threaten to revoke Medicare agreement.


A Lillington nursing home is among those that could lose Medicare eligibility because of conditions in the facility.

Universal Healthcare of Lillington is among six nursing home facilities in North Carolina owned by Choice Health Management that is accused of mistreating patients. The situation is so bad in Lillington that the state is levying fines and the U.S. government is threatening to take away the facility’s Medicare eligibility.

According to a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services out of Atlanta, Ga., Universal Healthcare of Lillington is facing total fines of $151,483 involving several cases. The facility was fined $10,309 from June 4 to June 6. Following that, a fine of $405 per day will be levied until the violations are remedied.

The letter goes on to say that the facility’s Medicare provider agreement will be terminated Dec. 8 of this year if the violations are not fixed.

The figure is part of fines totaling $567,976 against Choice Health Management from Medicare throughout the state.

The letter stated that an inspection on June 8 revealed that “conditions in your facility constituted immediate jeopardy to residents health and safety and a substandard quality of care.”

According to information provided to WRAL television in Raleigh, Lillington’s fines were levied after a man allegedly recorded improper care of his mother on a video camera. According to the television report, the complaint said a doctor from outside the clinic found “maggots living in a wound on a resident’s foot” when the patient’s shoe was removed. An aid at the facility had discovered the maggots the previous day.

In another incident, a man removed his mother from the facility when he allegedly found her lying in a puddle of urine which had apparently sat for a long period of time, In both cases complaints were filed with state officials.

Universal operates in the building that was formerly called Harnett Manor which is located on Cornelius Harnett Boulevard in Lillington. The company recently built a second building in Lillington allowing for expanded service for residents.

Universal facilities in Fuquay-Varina, Greenville, Concord, Greensboro and Raleigh are in a similar dilemma, also facing significant fines for several violations. The Raleigh facility also receive a letter concerning Medicare.

The company’s nursing home in Fuquay-Varina has the highest fine amount among the Choice Health sites around the state. That facility owes more than $234,000 for violations there. One of the incidents there involved a patient who allegedly walked out of the facility and across a parking lot.

Universal Healthcare of Raleigh was fined when the daughter of a resident set up a hidden camera which recorded abuse of her father which was obtained by WRAL. A spokesperson for Choice Health Management said the company did not have a comment on the matter. The company issued a statement to several television stations earlier this year that said the situations are being addressed.

Lillington’s Universal Healthcare Administrator Derrick Hammon did not immediately return phone calls.


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