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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas nursing home has lost its Medicare and Medicaid license and is being forced to move dozens of residents to new locations.

When a CBS 11 News crew arrived officials at Southaven Nursing Center stayed very ‘tight lipped’ about what caused the facility to lose there Medicaid certification. Workers there refused to talk to reporter Ken Molestina or give him any information.

CBS 11 did confirm that families of individuals living at the nursing center were notified that their loved ones had to be moved.

According to an advocate group for seniors, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services informed Southaven earlier this week that they would be losing Medicare and Medicaid funding for all of their residents.

Southaven was deemed at Special Focus Facility in 2010. That means the nursing center had previously failed to maintain compliance and had a history of practices that resulted in harm to residents.

The Department of Aging is required to check Special Focus Facilities every six months instead of every 12 months. Cecilia Cavuto, with Aging and Disability Services, said the last on-site visit at Southaven was not good.

“The most recent check was in February, when they discovered a situation that they call “immediate jeopardy.” That means it places the residents in, well, immediate jeopardy or harm,” she said. Cavuto went on to detail the “jeopardy” situations saying, “It was multiple incidents of aggressive residents. They would get into fights with each other. The staff wasn’t involved in the fighting, only the residents.”

In May of 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) entered into an improvement agreement with Southaven that gave the nursing center time to get into Medicare and compliance. The terms of the agreement expired without improvement and CMS ultimately notified Southaven it was terminating the facility from Medicare and Medicaid effective March 19, 2014.

The bombshell announcement has now forced the nursing home to find a new place for some 80 residents. Many of their family members spent the day picking up and transferring their loved ones.

Wanda Turner was at the facility Friday. “I’m sorry for what’s happening, but I’m just thankful my brother is going somewhere where I can still visit him.”

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