Special Focus Facilities Are Often Improving, but CMS's Program Could be Strengthened

Dicken, John E.
April 2010
GAO Reports;4/19/2010, preceding p1
Government Document
The article presents a study of the low-performing nursing homes in the U.S. including a focus on its facilities and the need to strengthen its programs. The state chooses homes to be studied as Special Focus Facility (SFF) from a list of 15 poorest performing nursing homes in each state and found that some of the states did not follow the basic SFF requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Also discussed are the characteristics of the SFF and other nursing homes.


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