Kansas regulators are seeking to take over management of 15 nursing homes after the operator of the facilities advised the state it will not be able to make an upcoming payroll.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has asked 13 district courts to put the facilities in their jurisdiction into receivership while arrangements are made for them to continue providing care for about 845 residents.
KDADS Secretary Tim Keck says the most pressing concern at this point is stability so residents can continue to get care and staff continues to get paid.
The facilities are managed by Skyline Health Services, based in Wood Ridge, New Jersey. The company acquired the Kansas nursing homes in 2016.
Mission Health Care has agreed to oversee operation of of the 15 facilities, including the Wichita Care and Rehabilitation Center and facilities in Wellington, El Dorado, Pittsburg and Cottonwood Falls.
Staff from KDADS and the three managed-care organizations that administer Medicaid in Kansas will be meeting with residents and their families next week to explain the changes.