Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Identifies the Worst Nursing Homes in Virginia

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently update its list of troubled nursing homes and four Virginia Facilities has landed on the list.  The list is designed to help families choosing nursing homes to quickly identify those facilities with a history of serious care deficiencies. The facilities on the list have been identified as having twice the deficiencies of an average nursing home, more serious issues, and a more prolonged period of care issues.

The list was updated by CMS on October 11, 2012, and any information is only updated through that date. Some of the facilities mentioned may have corrected care deficiencies as of that date.The Virginia facilities named Special Focus Facilities are:

Envoy of Stratford Hills;

Carriage Hill Health & Rehab Center;

Avante at Harrisonburg; and

Continiumcare of Weber City

Envoy of Stratford Hills in Richmond was recently added to the list of Special Focus Facilities. This facility has been on the list for just two months. It has not yet had a follow-up inspection which would allow them the opportunity to come off the Special Focus list.

Carriage Hill Health & Rehab Center was identified as a Special Focus Facility which has "not improved."  This means that facility has had at least one follow-up inspection at which time the facility failed to show significant improvement. Carriage Hill has been a Special Focus Facility for nine months.

Avante at Harrisonburg was designated as a Special Focus Facility which has shown improvement. As of the most recent survey by health inspectors, the facility showed significant improvement. The facility has been on the list of Special Focus Facilities for 18 months. Avante at Harrisonburg will need to show continued improvements for 12 months before it will be removed from the list.

Continiumcare of Weber City is the worst facility in Virginia identified by CMS. The facility was on the Special Focus List for 33 months and has since terminated its participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. According to CMS, the facility will likely be closed.

 For the complete list of the nation's Special Focus Facilities, click here.

[Note- the information above is compiled from survey dates ranging from March-October, 2012. It is possible that the facilities listed above have corrected serious care deficiencies since the date of their last survey. Please utilize the additional tools available here, to confirm the above information.]


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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