Hacienda HealthCare set to lose Medicaid license

This week, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced its intent to revoke Hacienda HealthCare’s Medicaid License. This decision comes after a patient was reported to have maggots found on their body multiple times.

Earlier this year, Hacienda also made the news after an incapacitated patient under the facility’s care gave birth. We covered this story in our February edition of 5 things. Following this event, the department took over licensing authority for the facility.

The latest incident, as reported by azcentral, was made public after a patient was discovered to have maggots near a surgical incision. After being transported to a hospital for treatment, the patient returned to Hacienda’s care. Later, the same patient was found to have additional maggots in the same location. They were once again taken to the hospital, but were not taken back to Hacienda.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated that Hacienda’s participation in the program will end July 3rd. They also stated that while that facility did correct some of the areas of noncompliance, other areas remain uncorrected. A statement obtained by azcentral, from CMS reads:

“The leadership team at Hacienda HealthCare continues to work with state and federal oversight agencies to determine the best path forward for our ICF residents and their families, our staff members and our organization. We intend to follow the guidelines to the letter, including the appeal process, which will allow the ICFto continue to operate while all parties work out a solution.

We remain intensely focused on the well-being and safety of every person we care for – in the ICFand all our facilities – and on making sure our residents and their loved ones face no interruption of services and no disruption to their quality of life. In everything we do, our primary concern remains on delivering quality, compassionate care for every Hacienda resident who relies on us.”

Hacienda HealthCare has sixty days to repeal the decision.