Veterans home will continue to receive state, federal payments

BENNINGTON — The Vermont Veterans Home has passed an inspection by agents of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is no longer in danger of losing its certification to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding, according to the home’s administrator, Melissa Jackson.

The home, which is the only state-run nursing home for veterans in Vermont, was at risk of losing Medicare and Medicaid funding after a series of inspections which identified deficiencies that needed to be corrected. The home was notified about the deficiencies in March and, while they were corrected in follow-up inspections, new deficiencies were noted.

The centers, also known as CMS, notified officials at the home that they would not be able to receive Medicare or Medicaid funding after Aug. 26. However, the home was given another inspection before the deadline.

Jackson said two inspectors from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living’s division of licensing and protection and an official with CMS arrived at the home on Monday morning. Officials at the home were expecting an inspection before Aug. 26 but didn’t know when it would take place.

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