Riceville nursing home fined by the federal government

RICEVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa nursing home has been fined $11,513 after an investigation into the death of a resident in August.

Federal regulators imposed the fine after a state investigation determined that the Riceville Family Care and Therapy Center hadn’t ensured its workers were properly trained on the use of portable oxygen tanks.

The person who died at the nursing home was supposed to be getting continuous oxygen therapy. An autopsy determined that the person may not have been receiving the needed oxygen.

The federal fine takes the place of a state penalty of $8,000. David Werning with the state agency says the nursing home did not contest the investigation’s findings.

By October, investigators said the nursing home was in compliance.

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