A U.S. Senate committee has released what has been described as a "secret" list of underperforming nursing homes across the U.S. that require greater scrutiny, 11 of which are in Minnesota.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Aging recently issued the list that identifies nursing homes that are already receiving tighter federal scrutiny, as well as hundreds more that are candidates for greater scrutiny.
Previously, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would only identify facilities that were enrolled in its Special Focus Facility Program (SFF), which sees nursing homes receive more frequent inspections and "progressive enforcement actions" for health and safety violations.
But now, in an effort to put the spotlight on other underperforming nursing homes, the Senate committee has released a list of more than 400 facilities that not only includes the 88 already enrolled in the SFF, but others that are sufficiently sub-par that they could qualify for the SFF.
These other facilities have not been made public before, hence the "secret" monicker, and are subject to "no additional surveying or other oversight."
Of those listed, two in Minnesota are already enrolled in the SFF: Rochester East Health Services and Bayview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Red Wing.
The other 9 considered "candidates" for extra scrutiny are as follows:
- Victory Health & Rehabilitation Center, Minneapolis.
- Moorhead Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.
- Brookview, A Villa Center, Golden Valley.
- The Estates at St. Louis Park LLC.
- Southside Care Center, Minneapolis.
- The Emeralds at St. Paul LLC.
- Havenwood Care Center, Bemidji.
- North Ridge Health and Rehab, New Hope.
- Walker Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.
The Pioneer Press has put together an in-depth look at some of the issues surrounding nursing care in Minnesota in connection with the list release, which you can find here.
It notes that the 11 facilities identified by the U.S. Senate committee represent just 3 percent of Minnesota's nursing facilities, with more than 40,000 state residents served between 375 centers across the state.