The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) compiled a much-needed list of nursing homes around the country that have serious quality of care issues. This list is sorely needed due to story after story of dangerous nursing home abuse and neglect has come into the news, worrying new families who are considering admitting their elderly loved ones into nursing homes, even if such admittance is needed.
Every elderly person in the U.S. deserves access to a safe and healthy nursing home that is equipped to handle their needs. And that couldn’t be more important if we’re talking facilities, too, that are funded in part by our tax money!
Unfortunately, there’s a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island that’s been cited by the list, coined the Special Focus Facility “SFF” Initiative.
Fortunately, this nursing home — Park View Nursing Home — has begun improvements and may be able to “graduate” from the list if they continue to improve in the coming months.
Here’s what you need to know:
The SFF list works by having team members from the CMS visit nursing homes throughout the country on a regular basis. The purpose is to make sure that these nursing homes meet the quality of care measures set by Medicare and Medicaid. If these nursing homes do not meet the quality of care measures, they’re put on the list, in five varying levels, from Level A to Level E, Levels that categorize either an improvement or lack of improvement in the nursing home’s quality of care.
Nursing homes that are currently on the SFF list are monitored much more closely than other nursing homes throughout the state — in fact, they are estimated to be inspected twice as often. That closer inspection means that around half of the nursing homes on the list “graduate” the program after improving their quality of care within two to just under three years (yes, that‘s a very long time if you have a loved one in one of these nursing homes!).
Around 16 percent do not improve their quality of care. Which means they are terminated from Medicare and Medicaid — and, when that happens, it typically doesn’t take long for the nursing home to shut its doors entirely, i.e., Level E.
Park View Nursing Home is currently on Level C, meaning it’s shown a significant improvement in its quality of care standards upon the second survey.
Let’s all hope they are able to maintain a better and higher quality of care for the next survey, and beyond.
But if they aren’t able to: Filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit may be an option for individuals and their families who were hurt by a nursing home in Rhode Island with poor quality of care.