CMS List of Florida Nursing Homes with “Serious Quality Issues”
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and States visit nursing homes on a regular basis to determine if the nursing homes are providing the quality of care required by Medicare and Medicaid. These results are translated into a star quality rating system that rank the homes on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest) based on three factors:
- Health Inspections
- Quality of resident care measures.
These factors are then used to calculate an overall rating for the nursing home. However, in addition to this 5-star rating, there is also a “Special Focus Facility (SFF) Initiative” in place that identifies homes that repeatedly present deficiencies in their inspections. Repeat offenses that result in low quality ratings are often indicative of systemic problems which can lead to serious injuries for nursing home residents. To address homes that may have a pattern of serious problems, including harm or injury experienced by residents, the SFF initiative requires that the homes be visited by survey teams twice as frequently as other homes. If the problems persist, fines can be levied, or the facility may be terminated from Medicare and Medicaid.
In Florida, we currently have three nursing homes that are on the SFF watch list:
AVANTE AT ORLANDO INC
(on the watch list for 12 months as of January 2019)
2000 NORTH SEMORAN BOULEVARD
ORLANDO, FL 32807
BENEVA LAKES HEALTHCARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER
(on the watch list for 5 months as of January 2019)
741 SOUTH BENEVA ROAD
SARASOTA, FL 34232
CONSULATE HEALTH CARE OF MELBOURNE
(on the watch list for 14 months as of January 2019)
3033 SARNO RD
MELBOURNE, FL 32934
The health inspection reports for these nursing homes are available online and should be considered when choosing a nursing home for a loved one. If you have a family member in one of the facilities, there are important questions you can ask to ensure their well being is protected.
If you are concerned about the treatment a loved one is receiving at a nursing home, you have options. In Florida, you can file a complaint with the Agency for Health Care Administration. If you want to know whether a nursing home has a low star quality rating or the results of the most recent health inspections, we can help you access that information. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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