Fifty-four nursing homes in 34 states and the District of Columbia have made the federal governments worst of list, with 19 states having unsafe facilities on the list for almost three years, according to data released publicly for the first time by the CMS.
The CMS made public the list of so-called special focus facilities, or SFFs, as a way to better inform the nearly 3 million Medicare and Medicaid enrollees who rely on nursing home care about identified lapses in safe, effective care, acting CMS Administrator Kerry Weems said in a written statement.
The agencys effort to identify poor-performing nursing homes is intended to promote more rapid and substantial improvement in the quality of care and end the pattern of repeated cycles of noncompliance, Weems said.
The list of SFFs was released because a number of facilities that were providing poor quality of care would straighten up just enough to pass one survey only to fail the next, according to the CMS. So-called yo-yo facilities rarely addressed underlying systemic problems that were causing repeated cycles of serious deficiencies, CMS data show. -- by Matthew DoBias