Special Focus Facilities

'Special' times ahead for more nursing homes, and that's not good

'Special' times ahead for more nursing homes, and that's not good

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As spring blends into summer, some nursing home operators are going to start feeling more heat — and it will have nothing to do with the weather. They will be given places on the proverbial hot seat. Well-earned seating arrangements, as it were.

States can designate more nursing homes in urgent need of quality improvement, government says

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The federal government is reactivating the special focus facility program for nursing homes with quality issues, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced. The program was minimized due to budget cuts last year.

Sequester cuts are bringing changes to survey process

Sequester cuts are bringing changes to survey process

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will change some nursing home survey procedures in response to budget cuts from sequestration, according to memos released April 9. The CMS Survey & Certification budget has been reduced 5% from 2012, the agency announced.

Self-reported quality data from special focus facilities is unreliable, report suggests

Self-reported quality and staffing information from nursing homes categorized as Special Focus Facilities (SFFs) is unreliable and should not be published on Medicare's Nursing Home Compare website, a new report suggests.