CMS, Nursing Homes Reassure On Quality Amid ‘Poor Performance’ Hubbub

June 6, 2019, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Nursing homes’ top regulatory body announced Wednesday that it will soon begin posting the identities of all candidates for the Special Focus Facility initiative on a consumer-facing website.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would add the names of hundreds of underperforming nursing homes to an already public list of 88 participants receiving additional oversight.

The declaration came during a media briefing with CMS Chief Medical Officer Kate Goodrich, M.D., and fanned a controversy that erupted Monday when Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators revealed the larger, so-called “secret” list of chronically poor-performing facilities.

Goodrich said Wednesday that there are no current plans to include more participants in the program but added that $44 million requested in President Trump’s budget for surveying and accreditation costs “could help alleviate the issue.”

The issue has left many facilities, the broader provider community — and CMS — struggling to protect their reputations.

The agency places a maximum of 88 chronically “poor performing” skilled nursing facilities into its SFF program at any one time.

But Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) published CMS’ monthly list of candidates, which included more than 400 buildings, for the first time this week as part of a broader report on nursing home quality. 

SFF candidates also have a series of problematic inspections, but they have not been selected by state officials for inclusion because of limited resources.

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