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Government Lists Worst Nursing Homes


Posted on Feb 13, 2008

After initially resisting their disclosure, the Bush administration on Tuesday published the names of 131 nursing homes with poor inspection records and said some were already showing signs of improvement.

The list released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services represents troubled facilities cited as a "special focus facility," a designation used to identify those that merit more oversight. For these homes, states conduct inspections at six-month intervals rather than annually.

Last November, the government released a partial list of 54 nursing homes that ranked among the worst in their states, balking at releasing the full list of homes with the "special focus" designation. After a group of Democratic lawmakers began pushing for full disclosure, CMS said Tuesday it was publishing the names after cross-checking information to ensure the release of the most accurate data.

CMS will update its list of troubled nursing homes on a quarterly basis, with its next release scheduled for April.

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