Feds bar retirement home owner Bob Dean from federal health care programs

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — Nine months after Hurricane Ida, the federal government is taking action against Louisiana nursing home owner Bob Dean.

The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Dean had been barred from participating in federal health care programs due to his involvement in seven Louisiana nursing homes.

The action follows what unfolds in the town of Independence, Louisiana following Ida. More than 800 nursing home residents were evacuated to a warehouse following Ida and there were complaints of deplorable conditions forcing the Louisiana Department of Health to rescue residents.

At first, some people said they did not know where their loved ones were.

“We had no idea, so at that time I didn’t know if my mother was dead or alive,” Renetta Derosia said.

And Sabrina Cox said at the time, “Well, I came here and I’m not sure. I want us all to come together to find out where our loved ones are and make sure they’re taken care of? »

In its press release, the HHS IG wrote, “The Louisiana Department of Health has revoked the facilities’ licenses to operate as nursing homes due to multiple violations of state law that left seven dead and hundreds more neglected and vulnerable in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in August. 2021. As a result, the OIG excluded retirement homes and their owners.

And the federal agency said: ‘State health inspectors conducted multiple site visits and observed residents suffering in inhumane and squalid conditions. Inspectors noted that residents slept on mattresses on the floor less than a foot away near standing water, some were partially undressed or completely naked, and others were calling for help or left alone with full layers. The building smelled of urine as trash and dirty laundry piled up. Inspectors also noted that Mr. Dean had attempted to threaten, intimidate and interfere with their assessment of the site. Ultimately, seven residents died, and Louisiana revoked their nursing home licenses for multiple documented violations of state law, including cruelty and disregard for residents’ welfare.

Dean’s attorney, John McLindon, issued the following statement in response to HHS’s actions.

“We agreed months ago. The origin of this exclusion is that the The. LDH is trying to revoke Mr. Dean’s licenses. We are currently litigating this issue before an administrative law judge here in Baton Rouge. If we are successful in this litigation, we will be reinstated by Federal HHS. “

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