Attorneys Representing Neglected Meridian Community Living Center Residents
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the state of Mississippi conduct routine scheduled surveys and unannounced investigations to determine the level of care every nursing home in the state provides. Typical surveys reveal 5 to 7 violations on average, even at the best-run nursing facilities.
However, in certain cases, where severe violations have the potential to cause significant harm or have caused harm to a resident, the CMS can designate the Home as a Special Focus Facility (SFF). This undesirable designation alerts the facility that they are ‘on notice’ and are required to make significant changes to their policies, procedures, and programs to ensure the safety and well-being of every resident. In addition to the typical two surveys performed every year, an SFF nursing home must undergo many more surveys and unannounced investigations to determine if the changes they made remain permanent.