Admissions suspended to Diversicare of Claiborne

Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Diversicare of Claiborne, according to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Health. In addition, Dreyzehner has imposed state civil monetary penalties of $5,000 for each of four violations for a total assessment of $20,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

Diversicare of Claiborne, a 134-bed nursing home located at 902 Buchanan Road in New Tazewell, was ordered not to admit any new residents based on conditions found during a complaint survey conducted March 12-21. The investigation was completed April 6. During the investigation, surveyors found violations of the following standards: administration, performance improvement, records and reports, and resident rights.

The suspension went into effect April 6.

“The Commissioner of Health may suspend admissions to a nursing home when conditions are determined to be, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents,” states the release.

The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public entrance where it can be plainly seen.

The release states that the nursing home has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.