Seniors Housing Weekly Update -- This is Not a Yolk

June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013. 60 Seconds with Steve Monroe. Regulations have gone too far, and in this case, they were a waste of time and money.

This is Not a Yolk

Doesn’t our government, and the federal court system, have better things to do than decide whether serving fried eggs sunny side up, or “runny,” is healthy for our seniors? Such was the problem faced by the owner of a skilled nursing facility in Texas when surveyors apparently observed smeared egg yolk on five plates. Egads, not smeared egg yolk! Haven’t those surveyors ever luxuriated in soaking their toast in that leftover egg yolk on their plate? The surveyor team slapped them with a deficiency at the immediate jeopardy level, and CMS fined the facility $5,000, imposed a denial of payment for new admissions and a termination of its Medicare provider agreement. It didn’t matter that these five residents had ordered their eggs soft-cooked, which to me means the yolk can be still be broken. While this may sound humorous, and absurd, the owners had to appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals, which sided with the provider. But what a waste of taxpayer money. Although not one of its facilities, episodes like this may be why Extendicare wants to exit the U.S. market.



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