Medicaid suspension forces patients out of Bradenton nursing home

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 25, 2014 


BRADENTON — A Bradenton nursing home Friday was in the process of moving 25 to 28 of its patients after it was suspended from the Florida Medicaid program due to fraud, officials said Friday.

The Riverfront Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 105 15th St. E., was notified by state officials that its Medicaid patients would have to move to another facility, or arrange private payment, according to a letter from Justin M. Senior, deputy secretary for Medicaid at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Medicaid, a joint federal-state health care program for the poor, will continue to pay for those at the center through May 15, according to the letter.

About 25 to 28 of the center’s patients were in the process of moving, while about 85 whose care is either paid by Medicare, a health care program for seniors, or privately, can remain there, according to Diane Belyea, the center’s director of social services.

Medicaid privileges were suspended due a 2013 indictment of two officials affiliated with the center in connection with fraud charges, said Shelisha Coleman, a spokeswoman for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.

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