Federal Government Releases a List of Nursing Homes
Federal Government Releases a List of Nursing Homes that May Require Special Performance Improvement Plans
According to an online news report at wjcl.com, the federal government has released a list of hundreds of nursing homes that may fit a special performance improvement program, with two of them located in South Carolina and Georgia.*
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supervises a special improvement program for nursing homes referred to as Special Focus Facilities (SFF). Recently, the agency issued a list of about eighty nursing homes that will be required to undergo an improvement plan and four hundred candidates for the program.
The Life Care Center of Hilton Head, South Carolina was listed as one of the four hundred potential candidates for the SFF program. This nursing home was among the five candidates in South Carolina and nine candidates located in Georgia.
The federal government notes that the Life Care Center is not in the SFF program as of yet, which oversees the eighty that have, on a routine basis, poorly scored on nursing home evaluations.
The four hundred candidates for special performance improvement plans may also have scores that are low however, the federal government does not have the bandwidth to include all of them in the SFF program.
In a statement, the government cites 2014 budget cuts, saying that "[t]he total number of SFF slots and the total number of SFF candidates nationally are based on the availability of federal resources.”
In Georgia, Pleasant View Nursing Center was in the SFF program for two years and completed all of the requirements. Some of the issues that caused the nursing home to be included in the SFF program was due to a failure of the center to "[t]imely report suspected abuse, neglect, or theft and report the results of the investigation to proper authorities," and "[e]nsure each residents drug regimen must be free from unnecessary drugs." Despite having completed the SFF program, they are listed again as one of the program candidates.
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Source:https://www.wjcl.com/article/government-releases-possible-candidates-for-nursing-home-improvement-program/27734223 and https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/downloads/SFFList.pdf