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Hacienda's Medicaid participation to be terminated in July, health officials say in letter

Posted at 9:41 AM, Jun 20, 2019

PHOENIX — Health officials have sent a letter to Hacienda HealthCare, notifying them that their Medicaid participation will be terminated next month.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will terminate Hacienda HealthCare’s Medicaid certification effective July 3, 2019.

“Although you were able to correct some of the previously cited deficiencies, the May 8, 2019 revisit survey documented that your facility remained out of compliance with other requirements… of the Social Security Act,” the letter from CMS reads.

Read the full letter here.

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The letter to Hacienda administration states that the health care center “must meet the statutory requirements” to participate in the Medicaid program.

“…The approval of your facility’s eligibility to participate in Medicaid may not be reinstated unless CMS finds that the reason for the cancellation has been removed and there is reasonable assurance that it will not recur,” the letter continues.

In response to the letter from CMS, Hacienda HealthCare released the following statement:

The leadership team at Hacienda HealthCare continues to work with state and federal oversight agencies to determine the best path forward for our ICF residents and their families, our staff members and our organization. We intend to follow the guidelines to the letter, including the appeal process, which will allow the ICF to continue to operate while all parties work out a solution.

We remain intensely focused on the well-being and safety of every person we care for - in the ICF and all our facilities - and on making sure our residents and their loved ones face no interruption of services and no disruption to their quality of life. In everything we do, our primary concern remains on delivering quality, compassionate care for every Hacienda resident who relies on us.

A report earlier this month that several maggots were found around the surgical incision of a 28-year-old male resident sparked a new investigation and swift action by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Last week, the department issued an "intent to revoke" Hacienda's state license that was recently issued to the facility.

Hacienda is the same facility where a 29-year-old incapacitated woman was sexually assaulted last year.