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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state regulators conduct routine surveys and inspections at least twice every year at every nursing facility in Iowa. Through inspections and investigations, the regulatory agencies can quickly identify serious concerns, violations, and deficiencies at the nursing home and enforce prompt corrections to ensure the health and well-being of every resident are protected.

In some cases, a nursing facility in violation of regulations cannot or will not make changes to update and improve their policies, procedures, and protocols when providing care. When this occurs, the regulatory agencies can issue monetary fines, add the nursing center to a federal watchlist, and designate the Home as a Special Focus Facility (SFF). The undesirable designation alerts the public, and the nursing home that corrections must be made promptly or the facility will be made to close their doors or sever their contract with Medicare and Medicaid.

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Throughout the year, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identify nursing homes that are providing the lowest quality of care to its residents. If the facility is providing residents care that causes harm or could cause harm, CMS can designate the Home as a Special Focus Facility, and issue penalties and warnings. Every SFF is given the opportunity to develop better policies and train their staff at providing a higher level of care.

These nursing homes are given months and sometimes years to improve their status in the Medicare system. If they are unable to obtain better ratings, they are often forced to terminate their contract with the federal agency to provide care to Medicare and Medicaid patients.

iowaA registered sex offender living at an Iowa nursing home is now under extremely strict watch, after an eight-year-old girl witnessed him sexually assaulting a female resident.

The attack took place on August 21 at the Pomeroy Care Center in Pomeroy. The girl, who was visiting relatives, says she witnessed 83-year-old William Cubbage standing over a woman’s bed with his hands between the woman’s legs. According to state Health Department records, the woman was consistently saying “No!” After the attack, the woman was in tears, and begged a staff member not to leave her alone.

Cubbage has a history long history of predatory behavior at Pomeroy. Along with routinely swearing at staff members, Cubbage has also been seen staring into the rooms of female residents, winking at women during meals, and harassing visiting children.

iowa3(CAPTION: Allen Franks, Timothy Stromberg and Bruce Brecht were all arrested in connection to multiple rapes at the Anamosa Care Center.)

In Iowa, new details have emerged about extremely disturbing incidents in which two male staff members repeatedly raped a female resident at the Anamosa Care Center

In June, a 21-year-old female resident came forward with allegations of being raped on multiple occasions. At the time, the resident, who is mentally retarded, said the rapes happened over a period of five days.

IowaRecent budget cuts imposed by Iowa’s Governor Terry Branstad have almost immediately cut the number of nursing home inspectors in the state by 25%.

Now, just 28 inspectors will be responsible for investigating patient complaints and facility compliance with federal and state regulations at the state’s 442 facilities.

Axing the ten nursing home inspectors will save the state and estimated $125,000 as the bulk of the inspectors salaries is derived from federal funding.

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