The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its list of the worst nursing homes in the United States. Among the 131 nursing homes cited were three from Virginia -- Beacon Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation in Virginia Beach, Ruxton Health of Woodbridge, and Harbour Pointe M & R Center in Norfolk.

Nursing homes were placed on the list based upon findings made by inspection teams. Criteria employed by the inspection teams included: (1) whether a nursing home had more deficiencies involving quality of care matters than an average nursing home; (2) whether a nursing home had more serious deficiencies involving quality of care matters than an average nursing home; and (3) whether a nursing home had a pattern of serious problems that has persisted over a long period of time.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services make the following suggestions regarding the selection of a nursing home:

  • Visit the nursing home and talk to staff, residents and other families
  • Ask to see the results from the last State or CMS survery
  • Look at the survey history of the nursing home on Nursing Home Compare to see what areas may be problematic
  • Ask the nursing home staff what they are doing to improve quality of care for residents in the nursing home
  • Call the State survey agency to find out more about the nursing home
  • Look to see if the nursing home has been placed on the the Special Focus Facility (SFF) Initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the past and see how long the nursing home remained on that list
  • Call your local State Ombudsman, Administration on Aging, and local groups to find out about the nursing home
  • Use the "Nursing Home Brochure" found at http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/nursinghome.pdf and "Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home" at http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf02174.pdf
Michael J. Shevlin
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by Manish Shukla November 17, 2008 at 01:47 PM
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