October 25, 2022
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new requirements for the Special Focus Facility (SFF) Program to change how nursing homes are evaluated. CMS is making it harder for a low-quality nursing home to make it out of the SFF, which seeks to boost quality for poor-performing nursing homes, and instituting “more severe, escalating enforcement remedies for SFF Program facilities that have continued noncompliance and little or no demonstrated effort to improve performance.” Facilities that don’t improve may lose federal funding. CMS is also asking states to consider a facility’s staffing level when it is selecting a nursing home for inclusion in the SFF program. (Press release here)