Six State Nursing Homes Flagged Over Care

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Washington, DCFollowing an inquiry by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) into under-performing nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently handed over an unreleased list of facilities with a documented pattern of poor care.

Community Compassion Center in Batesville, Legacy Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Smith, Diamond Cove nursing home in Horseshoe Bend, Davis East in Pine Bluff, Crestpark Wynne in Wynne and Community Compassion Center in Yellville made the list.

The Diamond Cove nursing home in Horseshoe Bend is the state’s sole program participant, which is capped at 88 facilities nationwide because of limited regulatory resources.

CMS oversees a program for nursing homes that consistently underperform, called the Special Focus Facility program. The names of the facilities chosen to participate in the program are made public, however, the approximately 400 nursing homes that are not selected to participate are kept hidden from the public. In order to provide greater transparency to individuals and families, Senators Casey and Toomey requested the names of these additional facilities be made publicly available by CMS. After CMS chose not to release this list, Senators Casey and Toomey are releasing this information alongside a report with additional background and context.     MORE

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