Oakwood Reapplies for Federal Medicaid Funding

by scrosby on August 29, 2008

Kentucky health officials are working to get federal funding restored to the state’s largest care facility for the mentally disabled. The Communities at Oakwood in Somerset lost its federal Medicaid funding in May. That resulted from two investigations by the state after a patient died there in 2005.

State Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller says some changes have been made at Oakwood, including splitting the complex into four units.

“Being able to do that as four facilities allows us to focus on specific issues that you need to address,” says Miller. “For example, if you have an area in one of the units where you have an issue you need to address, you can simply focus it on that one unit.”

The Cabinet announced this week is has reapplied for federal Medicaid certification. After that, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services will conduct two surveys of the center, to make sure it’s in compliance.

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