- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho health care facility has been at risk three times in recent months of losing its license to accept Medicaid.

State surveys of the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center in Nampa have found problems that, if not fixed, would prohibit the center from receiving Medicaid reimbursements, The Idaho Press-Tribune reported .

State officials periodically visit centers to make sure they’re in compliance with state and Medicaid standards, and they also do surveys after receiving a complaint.

The Nampa facility houses clients who have developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges, with the goal of transitioning them back into the community.

Some of the citations listed in the surveys of the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center found that residents were put in immediate jeopardy - a situation that “has caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a resident,” according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Some of the incidents included residents hitting and threatening each other, and occasions of staff and client altercations.

Administrator Jamie Newton said the center corrected those issues, including beefing up training for new staff and doing mock surveys and providing guidance on what’s going well and what needs to improve.

“Staff at SWITC (Southwest Idaho Treatment Center) are committed to providing good resident care and good safety,” she said.

All of the center’s 18 residents receive Medicaid benefits, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which oversees the treatment center.

Newton said most of the residents have gotten in trouble with the law but are not competent to stand trial. They are still aggressive, but have rights like anyone else while staying there, Newton said.


Information from: Idaho Press, http://www.idahopress.com

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