Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, both from Pennsylvania, recently released a document listing more than 400 nursing homes the government has flagged due to their consistently poor inspection results.
Before the Senators released the list, the government would not make public which facilities the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) considered unsafe, substandard, or unsanitary.
You may access the full list of CMS-flagged nursing homes here.
Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, California, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are some of the states with the largest number of nursing homes which are either Special Focus Facilities (“SFF”) or candidates for the SFF program.
The CMS states that nursing homes included in the SFF program share the following characteristics:
- “More problems than other nursing homes (about twice the average number of deficiencies),
- “More serious problems than most other nursing homes (including harm or injury experienced by residents), and
- “A pattern of serious problems that has persisted over a long period of time (as measured over the three years before the date the nursing home was first put on the SFF list).”
It is therefore shocking that the government has actively sought to keep this information from the public, and every American currently considering nursing home care for themselves or a loved one should welcome the Senators’ initiative to release the list to the public, after Senator Casey received it from the CMS.
The list of facilities flagged in Florida can serve as a sample of just how many established institutions are under scrutiny by the government.
Florida Nursing Homes on SFF/SFF candidates list
- Avante at Orlando Inc
- Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Extended Care
- Huntington Place
- North Rehabilitation Center
- St Andrews Bay Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation
- Ocean View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC
- Oak Haven Rehab and Nursing Center
- Bristolat Tampa Rehab and Nursing Center LLC
- Avante at Ormond Beach, Inc
- Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Sarasota
- Excel Care Center
- Palm Garden of Vero Beach
- Consulate Health Care of Lake Parker
- Brighton Gardens of Tampa
- Fort Pierce Health Care
- Consulate Health Care of Melbourne
- Beneva Lakes Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
The majority of the residents at these facilities are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries with serious conditions, who are entitled to quality care. When a nursing home is on the SFF list, if they do not promptly remedy the situation, improving the standard of care offered, they can become ineligible for government reimbursements.
Neglect and abuse at U.S. nursing homes are unfortunately not uncommon. This list is a welcome tool for people who are making crucial decisions about long-term care. Nevertheless, facilities that are not on the list may also present serious problems, such as poor sanitary conditions and understaffing. Besides consulting the list, and other similar tools provided by Medicare and Medicaid, it is always advisable to do your due diligence before selecting a nursing home.
If you or a family member suffered a fall and was seriously injured or is being neglected in a nursing home, convalescent center or long-term living facility, call us today. All consultations are free, without obligation and confidential. We consider cases nationwide.
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