DLP Fights for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect- McKnight’s Long-Term Care News Reports: “Feds ramp up nursing home sanctions for poor performance”

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Date: October 26, 2022

Nursing homes that do not improve poor resident care levels will now face new penalties instituted by the federal government according to McKnight’s Long-Term Care News author, Alicia Lasek. The Biden Administration notified the public about this new decision on October 21, 2022. Stronger implementation of the “Special Focus Facilities (SFF) program” will occur by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Lasek writes that “Special Focus Facilities” are nursing homes that regularly provide low levels of care to residents. Lasek says that currently, “Special Focus Facilities” receive approximately one inspection every six months for a year, and the facility is required to pass inspection twice to successfully finish the SFF program. While inspectors often visit these types of facilities, the Biden Administration firmly believes that greater measures must be taken in order to improve resident care. Lasek mentions that these changes will consist of more severe penalties if violations by the facility persist, a minimum 3-year inspection of “Special Focus Facilities” with greater safety standards, and technical support for facilities to better provide the highest quality of care to residents.

     

This announcement has sparked criticism from the long-term care industry as well as champions of the nursing home industry. Lasek cites the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), which stated that greater penalties for providing low-level care to residents have a poor reputation for care improvement in long-term care facilities.

      The long-term care industry has also been outspoken about the Biden administration’s stance on nursing homes as they believe the administration has not provided sufficient financial help making mandatory improvements in these facilities. Despite these criticisms, LeadingAge, a non-profit service for the elderly, has supported the federal government’s new penalties and hopes that the federal government will also help with the nursing home staffing shortages.

    Lastly, along with this new decision for “Special Focus Facilities”, the Biden Administration has announced that it will provide grants to facilities facing staffing issues.

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Works Cited

Lasek, Alicia. “Feds ramp up nursing home sanctions for poor performance.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 24 October 2022, https://www.mcknights.com/news/clinical-news/feds-ramp-up-nursing-home-sanctions-highlight-support-for-nurse-workforce-growth/. Accessed 24 October 2022.

Tara Lynott
Intern, Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP