McKnight’s reported nursing home owners face background screening requirements including fingerprinting. CMS wants to enhance fingerprinting and other screening requirements because of widespread patient abuse and Medicare fraud. CMS outlined industry financial malfeasance and beneficiary abuse as the reason for the change. They ranged from providing unnecessary services to False Claims allegations and embezzlement.
The agency underscored that the change “would assist in protecting Medicare Trust Fund dollars and beneficiaries [and it] aligns with the Biden-Harris Administration’s initiative to improve nursing home accountability.”