report on the conditions of nursing homes around the United States published
the names of over 400 facilities that were identified as having unhealthy
conditions and lacking in sufficient resources. The list revealed information,
previously confidential to the public, on facilities that were known to
be performing poorly.
The list was originally formed as a collection of nursing homes that qualified
for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Special Focus
Facility (SFF) program. This program analyzed systemic inadequacies in
elder care facilities, and selected those with especially deficient conditions
as in need of more frequent inspections. Of the 440 nursing homes that
qualified as candidates for the program, only 88 were selected. Only the
names of the facilities that were chosen for the SFF program were released
as public information — the other 350+ locations remained hidden
until now. The report was released by Senator Robert P. Casey and Senator
Patrick J. Toomey, both of Pennsylvania.
Inadequate Nursing Homes in New York
When the current class of SFF candidates were selected, only two facilities
in the state of New York were chosen: Utica Rehabilitation & Nursing
Center, and Medford Multicare Center for Living. Fifteen other New York
nursing homes were identified as SFF candidates.
The New York nursing homes that were identified as SFF candidates are:
- Cayuga Ridge Extended Care
- Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing
- New Roc Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Bethlehem Commons Care Center
- Buffalo Community Healthcare Center
- The Knolls
- Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Onondaga Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing
- Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
- Safire Rehabilitation of Southtown, LLC
- Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing
- The Pines Healthcare & Rehab Centers, Olean Campus
The long-time secrecy revealed in the federal report exhibits a lack of
transparency that is available for families in search of a nursing home.
Even the full list of SFF candidates represents only a fraction of this
country’s inadequate nursing homes — budget cuts contributed
to a limited number of available spots, meaning many similar facilities
are continuing to operate poorly, unchecked by authorities.
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