Virginia Nursing Home Remains on Medicare's List of Special Focus Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have identified Carriage Hill Health & Rehab Center of Fredericksburg, Virginia as a special focus facility which has shown improvement in recent months but remains on the list. 

According to CMS, special focus facilities are facilities that have been identified as having care issues that make the facility at risk of losing its federal funding. The special focus facilities generally have twice as many care deficiencies as the average nursing home. They also have been found to have an increased number of serious deficiencies which 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, Carriage Hill Health & Rehab has shown improvement in the most recent survey. However, the facility is still being monitored to see if the improvements will continue over time. If the facility continues to improve for two consecutive surveys, the facility will "graduate" from the special focus facility list. As of January 17, 2013, Carriage Hill has been a special focus facility for twelve months.

While it is encouraging to see the facility showing improvement, it is concerning that the care at the facility created a need for CMS to designate it as a special focus facility. Carriage Hill Health & Rehab is a 150 bed facility which offers inpatient rehab as well as long term care. For the full report on special focus facilities, click here.

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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