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Fri. 2pm: SCOPE won't appeal decertification

October 5, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

WARREN - SCOPE won't appeal its decertification as a long-term care provider by the Ohio Department of Aging.

According to SCOPE director Ralph H. Smith, the agency decided an appeal would be too expensive in that it likely would include specialized legal counsel.

Last month Ohio Department of Aging director Bonnie Kantor-Burman ordered the local senior service agency's certification be revoked.

The ruling meant SCOPE can no longer provide services under the Medicaid-funded PASSPORT program, a program for in-home care services like homemaker and personal care. However, the agency was already without Medicaid funding, cut off when the Area Agency on Aging 11, which does oversight, removed all of SCOPE's clients in the PASSPORT program.

The discipline was the result of SCOPE failing to meet a number of state requirements about vetting employees.

Board President Genevieve Bauman said in a release Friday that "Reduction of the penalty to a less damaging level is still important and other options will be explored."



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