Nursing Home Abuse & the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and States visit and survey nursing homes on a regular basis to determine if the nursing homes are proving the quality of care that Medicare and Medicaid requires. When deficiencies are identified, CMS requires that the problems be corrected. If serious problems are not corrected, then CMS may terminate the nursing home's participation in Medicare and Medicaid.
Most nursing homes have some deficiencies, with the average being 6-7 deficiencies per survey, and will correct their problems within a reasonable period of time. However, the CMS has found a minority of nursing homes have:
- More problems than other nursing homes (about twice the average number of deficiencies)
- More serious problems that most other nursing homes (including harm or injury experienced by residents)
- Pattern of serious problems that have persisted over a long period of time.
To address the problems with a nursing facility that has a "yo-yo" or "in and out" compliance history, the CMS created the Special Focus Facility (SFF) initiative. Please click here to learn more about it.
How Edwards & Culver Can Help
Edwards & Culver is here to help you should have a loved one in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) or Nursing Facility (NF) if you have reason to believe that they are or were in violation of codes and proper medical care is or was not being provided thus causing the death or injury of this loved one.
For information on the SFF Initiative and for current Nursing Facilities that are not in compliance, click here.