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    U.S., state remove Hagerstown nursing home from Medicare, Medicaid
    Health and Mental Hygiene taking steps to protect welfare of Md. residents
    Baltimore, MD (June 7, 2017) – The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have terminated NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown LLC from the lists of providers authorized to serve Medicare and Medicaid consumers.  
    In a May 19, 2017, letter to NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown, the federal agency informed the facility that it would be terminated from the Medicare program because it had not come into substantial compliance with federal regulations. Those federal regulations also govern Medicaid; Health and Mental Hygiene, which houses Maryland’s Medicaid program, also informed the facility that it no longer could serve Maryland Medicaid recipients. According to NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown’s website, the facility provides “post-acute care, rehabilitation services, complex wound care, pain management, IV therapy” and other services.
    Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Health Care Quality enforces state and federal standards of care delivery in Maryland and surveys facilities on behalf of CMS. The Office of Health Care Quality also acts on complaints that it receives through mail, the phone, the Internet and media reports. The statements of deficiency that can result from such inspections are followed by plans of correction from the inspected facility submitted to the Office.
    The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene also houses Maryland’s Medicaid program. The state health department is contracting with a company to manage the relocations of about 150 Medicare- and Medicaid-covered residents from the nursing home. This process will be a person-centered approach based on the preferences and needs of each individual.
    For further information about the relocation process, contact NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown at 301-733-8700.