GAO Recommends Strengthening CMS’s Special Focus Facility Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its report to Congress on the Special Focus Facility (SFF) Program, entitled Poorly Performing Nursing Homes—Special Focus Facilities Are Often Improving, But CMS’s Program Could Be Strengthened (GAO Report, GAO-10-197) in March 2010. The GAO Report includes an analysis of SFFs and the impact of the SFF Program on improving quality of care problems in some of the nation’s poorest performing nursing homes, and concludes with GAO’s six recommendations for improving the program.

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