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Maltreatment icon to be added to Nursing Home Compare

Doug Beardsley
By Doug Beardsley  |  October 11, 2019  |  SNF/NF providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that starting October 23, 2019, Nursing Home Compare (NHC) will flag skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (SNFs/NFs) that have been cited for abuse, neglect, or exploitation. A SNF/NF will receive an alert icon on NHC if it falls under one of two categories:
  1. If a SNF/NF has been cited for abuse that led to harm (G or above) in the last year for one of three abuse F-Tags; or
  2. If a SNF/NF has been cited for abuse with the potential for harm (D and above) in each of the last two years.  

The three abuse and neglect citations that will result in an icon are as follows:
  1. F600: Free from abuse and neglect
  2. F602: Free from misappropriation/exploitation
  3. F603: Free from involuntary seclusion

The posting does not consider substantiated maltreatment findings under the Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act or state nursing home correction orders—it only applies to the three federal F-Tags noted above.

After a SNF/NF has been free from any of these three citations (at any level) for a full year or inspection cycle, the icon will be removed. The NHC website will be updated with new information on a monthly basis.  
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is working on a report for members with information on their likelihood of having an icon displayed, as well as talking points for the media and consumers and guidance on communicating with residents, their families, and prospective referral sources. Care Providers of Minnesota will share that information with affected member facilities once we receive it.

In the meantime, members can access new resources on ahcancalED to support long-term and post-acute facilities in preventing and addressing reported incidents of resident-to-resident mistreatment. 

Doug Beardsley  |  Vice President of Member Services  |  |  952-851-2489


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