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.