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Topeka Nursing Home Sues To Stay In Business

The owners of a Topeka nursing home have filed a federal lawsuit in attempt to stay in business. State and federal officials have decided to cancel the nursing home's eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid payments, and revoke its operating license.

Topeka Community Healthcare Center’s owners want a federal judge to issue an emergency injunction. That order would prevent the loss of Medicare and Medicaid eligibility, and revocation of the operating license, at least until the company has a chance to defend itself at an administrative hearing.

The company says it will show that the safety and health violations cited by regulators do not constitute immediate jeopardy to patient safety, and that any problems that might be grounds for termination have been corrected.

The court filing says cutting off Medicare and Medicaid, and notifying residents that they have to find somewhere else to live within 60 days is tantamount to a death sentence for the facility, without due process of law.