The Special Focus Facility (SFF) list is generated and updated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Being on the list is a warning provided by the CMS. Too much time spent on the list, and the CMS will no longer provide reimbursements to those facilities. Since nearly all nursing homes and hospitals rely on reimbursements from CMS, the loss of that capital usually results in the closing of that facility.
The SFF list is broken down into several parts: facilities newly added to the list; facilities that have been on the list and have not shown any improvement over the preceding months; facilities that have shown improvement (but not enough to remove them from the list); and facilities that have recently “graduated” from the SFF list.
The good news for families with loved ones in Illinois nursing homes is that there have been no recent additions to the SFF list from Illinois. Other news is not so good.
There are two Illinois nursing homes that have been on the list and have not shown any improvement. Meadowbrook Manor in Bolingbrook, Illinois has been on the list for 21 months. Spring Hill Health Campus in Merrillville, Illinois has been on the list for 7 months.
Three Illinois nursing homes have shown improvement since being added to the SFF list. The Arthur Home in Arthur, Illinois has been on the list for 4 months. The Elmwood Nursing and Rehab Center in Maryville, Illinois has been on the list for 4 months. And the Plaza Nursing and Rehab Center has been on the list for 3 months.
Six Illinois nursing homes have recently graduated from the SFF list including the Alden Town Manor Rehab and HCC, the Columbus Manor Residential Care Home, East Moline Nursing and Rehab, Fairview Care Center of Joliet, Galesburg Terrace, and Nathan Health Care Center.
If you have a loved one in any Illinois nursing home, and you feel they have been the victims of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, contact our Chicago nursing home lawyers for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.