- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A home for veterans no longer faces added federal and state scrutiny after a recent inspection found no deficiencies.

The Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington was at risk of losing its Medicare and Medicaid funding in 2012 after an annual inspection turned up numerous problems, the Bennington Banner reported (https://bit.ly/1IJ7nEm ). But the home created and completed action plans correcting them.

The last inspection ended April 22. Inspections are unannounced and last three days, examining all aspects of the home’s operation, including finances, food, nursing and safety.

Veterans Home Administrator Melissa Jackson said it is extremely rare to have an inspection yield zero deficiencies.

Jackson said the local inspection results are especially impressive considering the discussions held in the legislature about the future of the home’s state funding. Currently, the home gets about $5.4 million in aid, which Jackson said it needs to remain open.

Most of the home’s funding comes from federal dollars, and the threat of losing it pushed the home to adopt a team approach. All employees now provide feedback on programs.

The state had been looking for ways to reduce the home’s reliance on the funding such as changing the way it’s managed or possibly even closing it.


Information from: Bennington Banner, https://www.benningtonbanner.com

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