State denies 72 Patient Beds

by Ashley Zilka on January 20, 2011 at 6:23 am

The Muskingum County Commissioners plan to appeal the state’s decision to deny the certification of patient beds at the Muskingum County Home.

Commissioner Brian Hill says they realized they couldn’t have 100 beds, or patients, in the building, so they didn’t ask for that, but they did expect to get the planned 72.  Instead, their request was denied because when the application was filed, there wasn’t a permanent state budget in place.

"I think we were disappointed. We put a lot of time and effort into this. Been led to believe by the state of Ohio and the Department of Health as long as we did everything that we had done, there would be no problem in getting certified, so we are dissapointed in that," said Hill. 

Hill says the goal was for the Muskingum County Home to receive these beds so they could get reimbursed through the state and be able to offer medicare and medicaid covered services.

"Muskingum County is an under bed county. When we started this process, we wanted to make sure the beds were here in this county, so residents didn’t need to go to another county to get long term nursing care," said Hill. 

He says they are currently talking to their attorney and plan to go through with the appeal process so they can move forward.