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Veterans home adopts team approach, improves following inspection that found many deficiencies

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BENNINGTON, Vermont — A Vermont veteran's home will no longer face added federal and state scrutiny after a recent inspection found no deficiencies.

The Bennington Banner reports (http://bit.ly/1IJ7nEm) the Vermont Veterans Home was at risk of losing its Medicare and Medicaid funding in 2012 after an annual inspection turned up numerous problems.

But the home created and completed action plans correcting them.

The last inspection ended April 22.

Inspections are unannounced, last three days and look at all aspects of the home's operation, including financial, food, nursing, and safety.

Home officials say it is extremely rare to have an inspection yield zero deficiencies.

Most of the home's funding comes from federal dollars, and the threat of losing it pushed the organization to adopt a team approach. All employees now provide feedback on programs.

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