SULPHUR — Concerns raised Wednesday afternoon that a local nursing home was being ordered to close it doors proved to be untrue, but the Oklahoma State Department of Health says Callaway Nursing Home’s provider agreements with Medicare and Medicaid Services are being severed.
Tony D. Sellers, OSDH communications director, said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “published notice that they would terminate the provider agreement with Callaway Nursing Home on July 8th.” Sellers added the Sulphur nursing home will continue to have a “valid license to operate as a licensed only nursing facility.”
What does the July 8th deadline mean for those nursing home residents using Medicare or Medicaid?
“Residents have been advised of their option,” Sellers said. “Those eligible for Medicare would be moved to another facility. Those on Medicaid could choose to seek another facility or they could remain at Callaway Nursing Home as private pay.”
The nursing home does have the option of reapplying for provider agreements. However, the process of reapplying is lengthy.
“Medicare usually requires a period of reasonable assurance and can take up to six months or more. Medicaid can take anywhere from 180 days or more,” Sellers said.
Sean Phathavong, Callaway Nursing Home administrator, says the deadline is still a week away and the local facility is currently still serving its 50 to 60 residents using Medicare or Medicaid. He would not comment on the upcoming deadline, except to say the nursing home was in contact with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and he indicated attempts were being made to have the termination order rescinded.
“Maybe you can call me next week. I could have more information by then,”  Phanthavog said late Wednesday afternoon.