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Nursing Homes: The Worst of the Worst

Posted Aug 26 2008 11:50pm

clipped from blogs.wsj.com
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today released their first-ever list of the nation’s poorest-performing nursing homes, designated as “ Specialty Focus Facilities.” As of October, there were 128 designated SFFs out of 16,000 active nursing homes in the country; the 54 worst appear in today’s list, according to a CMS press release.
Most nursing homes have some deficiencies, but the ones on this list have about twice as many as a typical facility, their deficiences are more serious, and they either consistently failed to address the shortcomings
if you’re searching for a nursing home, CMS has tips for how to look for a good one. Most importantly, CMS urges, visit the facilities and talk to staff and residents.
clipped from www.cms.hhs.gov
Use the Nursing Home Brochure http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/nursinghome.pdf and �Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home� http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/02174.pdf - both publications are available on Nursing Home Compare.
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