Lawmaker wants more surveys for Special Focus Facility nursing homes
May 10, 2022
A key U.S. lawmaker is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address reported lags in surveys of nursing homes in the Special Focus Facility program after finding that 1 in 5 are overdue...
The truth in the stars
Jun 07, 2021
Can a one-star skilled nursing facility be the same as a five-star facility? It depends on your zip code. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services assigns the health inspection...
500 ‘worst’ nursing homes would get more scrutiny, resources under reintroduced Senate bill
James M. Berklan
Mar 18, 2021
A pair of senators who commissioned a damning report on the worst performing U.S. nursing homes in 2019 reintroduced follow-up legislation Monday that would bring more scrutiny — and assistance — to...
Lawmakers want more poor performing nursing homes on the SFF list
Nov 18, 2020
The Special Focus Facility program, a federal initiative that targets very low-performing nursing homes for additional oversight and improvements, would be expanded and renamed under a new legislation...
‘Special’ times ahead for more nursing homes, and that’s not good
James M. Berklan
May 28, 2014
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....
States can designate more nursing homes in urgent need of quality improvement, government says
Apr 22, 2014
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...
Sequester cuts are bringing changes to survey process
May 01, 2013
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...
Self-reported quality data from special focus facilities is unreliable, report suggests
Dec 23, 2011
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and staffing information from nursing homes categorized as Special Focus Facilities (SFFs) is unreliable and should not be published on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website,...