ATLANTA (AP) _ A Georgia nursing home is protesting inclusion on
a federal government list of 54 of the worst nursing homes in the
Laurel Baye Healthcare of Lake Lanier, located in Buford, says a
bad inspection used to judge its performance is outdated. Another
nursing home, Shoreham at Marietta, also says its rating is based
on an outdated inspection.
Two two were among three Georgia nursing homes on a list by the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services intended to pressure
targeted homes into improving care.
Bernie Ross, chief operating officer of Laurel Baye Healthcare,
which operates eight nursing homes in Georgia and South Carolina,
says the Buford facility does not belong on the list.
Ross said the rating was based on poor marks from an inspection
in October 2006. He said two follow-up surveys this year found the
nursing home "in subtantial compliance'' with federal regulations.
Other Georgia nursing homes included on the government list were
The Place at Augusta and Shoreham at Marietta.
A statement by Shoreham at Marietta acknowledged that inspectors
had cited the nursing home for "deficiencies'' in 2004 and 2006.
But it said follow-up survey this month concluded that Shoreham at
Marietta is in `substantial compliance with long term care
David Mobley, administrator of The Place at Augusta, did not
immediately return two phone calls today.