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August 14th, 2010

The Westmount Health Facility in Queensbury, NY is one of 11 New York nursing homes to be issued fines by the federal government for failure to comply with quality care requirements.

Westmount and Warren County, where the nursing home is located, were fined $4,550 after a survey was conducted this past February. The fine reflects a 35% reduction due to the nursing home waiving its legal right to a hearing. Earlier in the year another failure to comply with quality care requirements fine was issued to Westmount by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The fine of $31,297 was also reduced by 35%.

An inspection in May of 2009 led to the fines by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The inspection concluded that the county created an immediate jeopardy to resident health and safety by failing to hire only people who have no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents or report and investigate any acts or reports or nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, or mistreatment of residents. In addition, the inspection found that Westmount failed to make sure that the nursing home is free of dangers that cause accidents, failed to be administered in a way that leads to the highest possible level of well being for each resident, and failed to set up or keep a group of people to review and ensure quality.

source:http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2010/08/05/westmount_fine/#more-17425

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