Judge: Revoke University Village Nursing Center’s license

(WFLA) – A judge Tuesday recommended the owners of Tampa’s University Village Nursing Center pay a $10,000 fine. The judge also suggested the state revoke the nursing home’s license.

The company that owns the nursing center, TR & SNF, says residents are not in jeopardy.

Both Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) have been in a legal struggle with the ownership of University Village. OIR contends the company did not submit a required application to buy the continuing care retirement community, which consists of apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities to take care of residents’ end-of-life needs.

Administrative Law Judge John Newton ruled that AHCA proved there was sufficient evidence of TR & SNF’s financial instability to force the company to complete and submit a Proof of Financial Ability Form, a balance sheet, and an income and expense statement.

Judge Newton also wrote in his decision TR & SNF did not provide the requested proof, nor did it request an extension of time. It did not take the request seriously, according to the judge.

One of TR & SNF’s principals, John Bartle, claims the decision means nothing and that his company will prove its financial stability. Bartle points out TR & SNF will file exceptions to the facts in the case.

If the judge does not change his decision, the company will appeal. That process, according to Bartle, can take 3 to 6 months. The judge wrote Bartle’s disregard, if not disdain, for the statutes and rules governing nursing home services and the enforcement of them is patent.

Read the judges entire decision here.



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