Category: Regulatory enforcement

South Carolina Rankings

According to a new study, South Carolina has the third-worst protection against elder abuse among states. The study by WalletHub found South Carolina had insufficient protections for individuals aged 65 and older based on 16 metrics, including gross neglect and exploitation complaints, number of eldercare organizations, quality of nursing homes, financial elderly abuse laws and

Regulatory Delays Hurt Care

Long Overdue The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ August data shows state inspectors are overdue on monitoring 4,500 nursing homes for annual standard surveys. Ridiculous. 71% of nursing homes had gone at least 16 months without a standard survey. The time between surveys ballooned during the pandemic. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) is demanding state

Fraud and Restitution

“Grossly and materially substandard” The Port City Daily reported another settlement involving SavaSeniorCare. The allegations include that Sava billed Medicaid for medically unnecessary services. Sava also failed to meet standards for nursing and custodial services. For years, Sava allegedly schemed to maximize billing and caused therapist to provide “unreasonable and unnecessary” rehabilitation services. The Georgia-based

Special Focus Facility

The KSHB 41 I-Team learned about the Special Focus Facility (SFF) program that flags nursing homes with a long history of abuse and neglect putting vulnerable adults in danger. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, created the program in 1998. The purpose was to monitor nursing homes that continuously fail to meet

CMS Data on Ownership

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services added data to its website highlighting nursing home ownership changes in an effort to increase transparency. However, the information is missing the true owners who use shell companies for sales and purchases. The information is now available on data.cms.gov. This is the first time CMS has attempted transparency for

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