Virginia Nursing Home Loses Medicare Fuding After 31 Months as a Special Focus Facility

As of January 17, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have identified a Virginia nursing home that has lost its eligibility for federal Medicare and Medicaid funding and has been on the list of special focus facilities for 31 months. Continuum Care of Weber City, Weber City, Virginia (formerly the Brian Center of Weber City) shut its doors last year after CMS stopped funding to the facility.

According to CMS, special focus facilities are facilities generally have twice as many care deficiencies as the average nursing home. They have also been found to have an increased number of serious deficiencies that threaten harm or injury to the residents. Lastly, special focus facilities exhibit a pattern of serious problems that have persisted over a sustained period of time.

According to CMS, Continuum Care of Weber City was terminated from participation in Medicare and Medicaid after the facility failed to show care improvements after becoming a special focus facility. Most facilities that lose federal funding are forced, as was the case here, to shut down.

For the full report on special focus facilities, click here.y


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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