- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

KING, Wis. (AP) - Six weeks after the King veterans homes received the federal government’s highest ratings for the first time, the assessment has been downgraded because of poor care connected to a resident’s death.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave its most severe citation to one of the four homes operated by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs after a March 9 inspection examined how the 94-year-old man died, the Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/2gCrFaC) reported.

The report says that 12 residents whose medical conditions meant they might need to be resuscitated were under the care of the same nursing staff that failed to save the 94-year-old man at the 200-bed Olson facility.

A CMS official said it didn’t lower the home’s rating on its website until Monday because the state was appealing the citation and because of an issue involving uploading the information to federal databases.

Department of Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Carla Vigue said the department had no intention of keeping the citation private. She said the citation was public record and could have been obtained if requested.

The homes have been criticized for staffing shortages, inspection citations and transfers of nursing home revenue to other veterans programs have surfaced for years

The nursing homes are also facing a state audit.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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