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RELEASE: Nursing Home Regulators ‘Mollycoddling’ Repeatedly Fined Facilities

Families for Better Care

(Austin, TX) — Families for Better Care (FFBC) announced today that nursing home enforcement is failing residents in far too many states.

Analysis of federal nursing home penalties by FFBC shows hundreds of nursing homes that were repeatedly fined or denied payment by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) over the past four years.



“The goal of nursing home enforcement is to make sure care is safer for residents, especially after mistakes occur,” said Families for Better Care Executive Director Brian Lee.  “But that doesn’t seem to be what’s happening with far too many repeat offender nursing homes.”


Of the 1,386 nursing homes found to have been fined multiple times since 2013, nearly two-thirds are still rated by CMS as below average facilities. 


Of the 1,386 nursing homes found to have been fined multiple times since 2013, nearly two-thirds are still rated by CMS as below average facilities.  That’s despite regulators slapping underperforming nursing homes with more than $88M in total fines during the period.

“The sheer volume of nursing homes that are repeatedly fined and then seemingly skirt the regulatory requirements only galvanizes the abuse and neglect of residents,” Lee stated.

While the majority of the repeat offender nursing homes were cited two or three years during this period, the following are the states—and the number of nursing homes in those states—that were penalized in each of the past four years:

California (1) Colorado (2), Connecticut (1), Florida (4), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Kansas (3), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (3), Missouri (1), New Mexico (1), Oklahoma (1), Texas (9), Washington (1), Wisconsin (1), and West Virginia (1).


“The regulatory mollycoddling of underperforming nursing homes must end.”


“The regulatory mollycoddling of underperforming nursing homes must end,” Lee said.  “Residents, families, and consumers must demand stiffer penalties from enforcement agencies so repeat offender nursing homes are shaken out of their substandard care doldrums.”

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