The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their January 2017 posting of nursing homes that are a part of their Special Focus Facility Initiative, or SFF. The initiative is an effort to identify and improve facilities that are not meeting the standards required by Medicare & Medicaid. CMS hopes that by placing these nursing homes on their watch list, they will undergo serious efforts to adopt sustainable policies and procedures that improve their ability to care for residents. Nursing homes placed in the SFF initiative are identified on the CMS website with the aim of informing potential residents and their families of the quality of care currently being provided at the facility.
Deficiencies are a reality for all nursing homes. CMS says that on average, each nursing facility inspection yields 6-7 deficiencies. However, the nursing homes that are put into the SFF Initiative have a higher than average number of them, as well as more serious deficiencies than most facilities. While the ultimate consequence is cutting a nursing home’s Medicare/Medicaid funding, the aim of the program is to provide the motivation for the facility to implement improvements and continue making gains in patient care within a specific timeframe. CMS says that only 16% of homes on the SFF list see their funding eliminated.
3 Illinois Nursing Homes Identified
In Illinois, one nursing home made the list of facilities that were previously on the SFF list and have shown no improvement. Timbercreek Rehab & Healthcare Center in Pekin, Illinois has been on the list for 3 months and has yet to be moved to either “shown improvement” or “graduated” status. Timbercreek was last surveyed just this past December.
Two Illinois nursing homes previously identified as part of SFF have shown improvement, but still not enough to graduate from the SFF Initiative. Those facilities were Cahokia Nursing & Rehab Center in Cahokia, IL and St. Anthony’s Nursing & Rehab Center in Rockford, IL. Cahokia has been a part of the initiative for 3 months and St. Anthony’s for 16 months. Cahokia Nursing & Rehab Center was last surveyed in December 2016 and St. Anthony’s Nursing & Rehab Center in October 2016.
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The January 2017 Special Focus Facility Initiative list can be viewed in its entirety here.