CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services inspect nursing homes on a regular basis to find any deficiencies in safety standards or quality of care.
If those inspections find that certain nursing homes have more issues than others, they’re now labeled “Special Focus Facilities,” or SFF, as part of a program to help improve troubled facilities.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated while many nursing homes have 6-7 deficiencies per inspection, facilities in the SFF program have more than twice the average amount and a pattern of serious problems.
Approximately 100 homes across the country are part of the SFF, but another 400 are candidates for the program because of excessive deficiencies.
The list of facilities wasn’t public until two senators recently decided the information needed to be available.
WMBF News dug through the hundreds of entries and found several local nursing homes that are either on the list or are candidates for it.
Only one facility is in the SFF program in South Carolina, however five facilities are candidates for the program.
Commander Nursing Center on Pamplico Highway in Florence and Compass Post Acute Rehabilitation on U.S. 378 in Conway are both listed as candidates for the Special Focus Facilities program.
The Commander Nursing Center received a ’much below average’ rating from CMS. The facility received 30 health citations and scored below average in quality of resident care, according to CMS. The facility was also fined more than $100,000 in 2018.
The Compass Post Acute Rehabilitation in Conway also score ‘much below average.' The facility had five health citations.
Richmond Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Hamlet, N.C., is already labeled an SFF after it received 23 health citations in its last inspection. That’s nearly three times the national average. The center is one of only two SFF facilities in North Carolina. There are another eight facilities labeled as SFF candidates in the state.
Facilities designated as SFF get more frequent inspections, escalating fines, and possible termination from Medicare and Medicaid.
WMBF reached out to all three nursing homes, but has not heard back.