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Sea View Nursing Home No Longer Eligible for Medicare

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      Sea View Nursing Home in Bolongo

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially terminated the provider agreement with Sea View Nursing Home in Bolongo to participate in the Medicare program, according to the CMS public affairs office for Region II in New York.

The termination is effective June 30 and is for Sea View Nursing Home failing to provide needed care and services to patients, according to a report obtained by the Virgin Islands Free Press. Sea View is the only nursing home in the Virgin Islands, and the termination agreement comes “after many years of serious quality of care and safety deficiencies,” CMS said in a written statement.

“Since Sept. 13, 2013, Sea View Nursing Home has had a lengthy period of non-compliance with Medicare conditions for participation, evidenced by findings from surveys on Sept. 13, 2013, March 12, 2014, Oct. 17, 2014 and April 17, 2015,” the termination letter states.

The letter was provided to the Virgin Islands Free Press by CMA, along with at least 150 pages of reports relating to failures to provide care and services to residents of Sea View.

In the statement issued this morning, CMS said Sea View’s owner signed a settlement agreement with it July 30 in which the nursing home agrees to a number of important provisions, including:

  • Submit a notice of facility closure,
  • Withdraw its appeal,
  • Fully cooperate with the USVI authorities to transition residents to an alternate provider,
  • Provide adequate services and protections for nursing home residents until the transitions are made,
  • Establish an escrow fund into which nursing home payments are deposited and will be disbursed from the escrow only under an agreement with the USVI Attorney General
  • Notify residents and inform them that the USVI authorities are actively working to ensure a transition and ensure continued care .

“Submission of the notice of facility closure allows CMS, under authority of 42 CFR 489.55(b), to continue payments for the eligible nursing home residents admitted before June 30th, the letter states.  “The payments can continue until the residents are transitioned to an alternate provider, or until January 30, 2016, whichever is first.”

CMS said that Gov. Kenneth Mapp, V.I. Attorney General James Carroll, Acting Human Services Commissioner Vivian Ebbeson-Fludd, and others from the government have “stepped up to work closely with CMS to make these arrangements.”

“They have begun active efforts to identify and ensure that alternate arrangements are made to provide improved care for the residents,” the letter from CMS states.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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