Special oversight of nation’s 88 worst nursing homes delayed amid pandemic

Gabrielle Masson –
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

The Special Focus Facility, a CMS-run program that supervises 88 of the countrys most bothersome assisted living home, didnt examine facilities for almost five months due to the pandemic, according to an InvestigateTV analysis of CMS data and as reported by WECT.

The program requires centers to be examined every 6 months– about twice as typically as other retirement home. In March, CMS stated inspectors would only examine infection control practices and react to problems that threatened the health and security of locals.

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On Aug. 17, CMS said regular examinations could resume.

About 15 percent of the SFF assisted living home were not examined as part of the targeted examinations in between early March and July 31.
In August, more than 90 percent of SFFs had not had a routine six-month study..
One in 5 SFFs have not been examined in a year or more.
As of August, one of every five nursing homes in the program remained on the list for more than 18 months.
CMS hasnt levied punitive damages against more than 15 percent of the SFFs.
In the past three years, more than 1,600 substantiated problems have been made versus SFFs.
SFFs have on typical 4 times as lots of validated problems as all other houses and have actually collectively paid more than $9.5 million in fines.
More than a 3rd of SFFs have not shown improvement, consisting of 9 that have actually been cited for abuse because 2017.
No additional resources or education are supplied to SFFs to assist enhance conditions.

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