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County leaders award Medicaid beds to new nursing home
Aug 01, 2012 | 785 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEE COUNTY — It’s a slow process involving multiple meetings, but commissioners last week agreed to offer 90 new Medicaid beds to a new nursing home in Bee County.

Commissioner Dennis DeWitt made the motion during the court’s July 23 meeting to request the Medicaid beds from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and that these beds go to a nursing home run by Tag Management Services.

Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez, who made the second to this motion, said, “We are talking about employment and another choice. It is good for Beeville and Bee County.”

Commissioners are having to jump through these hoops, because the state has a moratorium on the number of nursing home beds available for Medicaid patients in each county.

According to Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), which handles this distribution, the purpose of the bed allocation rules and policies is to improve the quality of resident care by selecting and limiting the allocation of Medicaid beds, to promote competition and to control the number of Medicaid beds for which DADS contracts. The number of Medicaid beds in a facility can be increased only through waivers and exemptions.

Rodriguez summed up the county’s process of requesting the beds from the state by saying, “Really, it is more of a formality.”

Grady Burris, chief operating officer at Tag Management, said that having an additional nursing home in the county will not only benefit the county financially but also the residents.

“Basically, what we saw is a need for Bee County,” he said. “We believe we can come in as small town operators who are from the around the area and have grown up in the area and help revitalize the skilled nursing facility.”

Burris said that both his grandfathers, Walter Burris and Jess Williams, lived in Beeville, which further strengthens his tie to the community.

He said that the company would provide additional jobs for skilled nurses.

“We also provide specialized training for certified nurse’s aides,” said Burris, whose company was the only one to request the additional beds. “The more you train, the better quality of staff you have, because you are going to push out the bad staff.

“They are going to have to find jobs elsewhere.

“Increased competition brings better quality nursing homes.

“We believe we are going to be a strong factor in making sure all the quality health care gets better.”

Tag Management currently runs nursing homes in Bay City, Corsicana, Ganado, Moulton, Shiner, Uvalde, Victoria and Winnie.

In other news:

• Commissioners authorized the appraisal of the old jail located on Corpus Christi Street.

• Set the speed limit on County Road 107 to 35 mph.

• Set the meeting time at 6:30 p.m. for the Aug. 27 court meeting to allow more people to attend.

• Approved the Pettus ISD resolution designating the Bee County tax assessor-collector to levy and collect taxes.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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