Via Christi Health in Wichita Suspends Senior Care Program

Federal regulators have ordered Via Christi Health in Wichita to suspend a senior care program because of “severe” deficiencies. The program, Via Christi HOPE, is designed to help senior citizens in Sedgwick County stay in their homes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said the program should not enroll new clients because it was not providing participants with medically necessary services. During an audit in August, regulators found issues including a failure to determine if patients could safely live at home, and a pattern of home health aides not showing up for scheduled visits.