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North Carolina Among Worst in the Country for Nursing Home Care

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Worst Nursing Homes in Tennessee: Special Focus Facilities

adult-care-elderly-748780.jpgThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has a program called the Special Focus Facility (SFF) Initiative, whereby nursing homes that have a history of serious quality problems are on their SFF list in order to stimulate improvements in their quality of care. If the facility makes significant and sustained improvement in quality of care, it may be eligible to graduate from the list. If the facility fails to make significant improvements, it remains on the list until CMS either grants it an extension of time to improve, or terminates it from participating in Medicare and Medicaid, which generally leads to the facility shutting down due to lack of funding. Facilities that are placed on the Special Focus Facility List are generally considered to provide very poor care. There are two facilities in Tennessee that are considered Special Focus Facilities.

Abuse and neglect in nursing homes

Some North Carolina residents may be concerned about the quality of care that their loved ones are receiving in nursing homes. The unfortunate truth is that not all nursing homes are providing the level of care that should be expected. The Inspector General notes that about a third of residents in nursing homes have experienced harm. That harm was preventable in more than half of the cases.

Neglect and Mistreatment More Common at For-Profit Nursing Homes

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What should I look for in a nursing home?

Your mother, father or other relative is elderly, and you need to find them a nursing home or other type of adult care facility. This process is new to you, and you are not even sure where to begin. The residence must be a good fit for your loved one, so you know that they are happy, healthy and well cared for.

What does the CMS nursing home star quality rating mean?

chess.JPGThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the five-star quality rating system as a resource to help individuals, families, and caregivers find out more information about nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities) that participate in Medicare or Medicaid. The rating system helps to provide an easy-to-understand summary of three aspects of nursing home quality: health inspection results, staffing data, and quality measure data. Using this information, along with further research, can help individuals and families differentiate between high-performing and low-performing nursing homes.

What complications can women face during labor?

Labor and delivery safety have come a long way in recent years, which is why many expectant mothers choose to give birth in a hospital. That being said, there are still situations where doctors fail to follow proper procedure during delivery or do not take the necessary precautions prior to labor. When that happens, women are in danger of experiencing complications.

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