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CMS releases statement on quality of care in nursing homes


On June 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a statement regarding its attention to the quality of care in U.S. nursing homes. Referencing CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s April 2019 announcement of a five-step plan to increase quality, this statement by Dr. Kate Goodrich, director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality and CMS’ chief medical officer, reiterated CMS’ commitment to quality care and urged families to use Nursing Home Compare when choosing a facility.

Verma’s five-step program includes strengthening oversight by working with state survey agencies, enhance enforcement, increasing transparency, improving quality, and putting patients over paperwork.

The statement also mentions that CMS will soon be posting a list of candidates for the Special Focus Facility (SFF) program, a list of SNFs that have had a history of serious quality problems. These facilities will be visited in person by survey teams twice as frequently as other nursing homes (about twice a year.).