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CMS Announces Changes to SNF Special Focus Facilities Program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced revisions to the Special Focus Facility (SFF) Program.   

Under the SFF Program, nursing homes with a history of serious quality issues are included in a special program designed to stimulate improvements in their quality of care. In the current action, CMS will toughen requirements for completion of the program and increase enforcement actions for facilities that fail to demonstrate improvement. CMS is also calling on the state to consider a facility’s staffing level in determining which facilities enter the program.   

More information is available on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.