TN nursing home wasted Medicaid dollars, audit says

TN nursing home wasted Medicaid dollars, audit says

Tennessee Comptrollers have called out the Bridge at Monteagle nursing home for using Medicaid dollars on things not related to health care.

On top of that, six residents qualified for Medicaid even though they didn’t qualify, according to an audit released Tuesday.

Among the findings:

“The Bridge at Monteagle included $49,927.66 of nonallowable expenses on the Medicaid cost report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The nonallowable amount consists of $43,987.23 of marketing-related expenses; $3,266.58 of expenses unrelated to resident care; $2,231.81 of therapy expenses not related to Medicaid Nursing Facility Level 1 (NF-1) resident care; $320.31 of unsupported expenses; and $121.73 in late fees.”

“The Bridge at Monteagle had six Medicaid residents with trust fund balances exceeding the Medicaid resource limit of $2,000.”

In a response, managers said they have made changes to their procedures.

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