April 23, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Fresh from negotiating an agreement that protects licenses at 55 of its 77 Florida facilities, Consulate Health Care is working to win back its right to provide skilled nursing services — and get paid by Medicaid and Medicare — at one of its most troubled locations.
Oakbridge Healthcare Center in Lakeland, FL, was closed Jan. 6 after losing both its Medicare and Medicaid funding streams. Lawyers are appealing and preparing for a May hearing, local media reported.
With more than two-thirds of its licenses in jeopardy, Florida's largest nursing home operator and state regulators reached an agreement April 10 that includes two-year improvement plans for eight facilities.
In December, state documents showed that 55 of the 77 nursing homes owned by Maitland-based Consulate Health Care in Florida were in litigation over licensing issues. That's about one-twelfth of all Florida nursing homes, according to The Ledger.