INDIANAPOLIS — Three Indiana nursing homes are among the worst in the country and an additional 14 have serious quality and care issues significant enough to make them candidates for a federal monitoring program, according to a report released by two U.S. Senators earlier this week.
The report released by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) on Monday includes more than 400 nursing homes across the country that are candidates for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Special Focus Facility Program (SFF).
The list is generally not made available to the public.
Three nursing homes in Indiana are already part of the SFF program, including Lawrence Manor Healthcare Center in Indianapolis, which has been working to improve for the past 17 months.
The other two already included on the list are:
- Vernon Health & Rehabilitation in Wabash – 13 months
- Aperion Care Arbors in Michigan City – 10 months
Once on the list, the nursing home operators are given 18 to 24 months to make recommended improvements and extensions can be granted. Failure to improve can jeopardize the nursing homes’ participation in the Medicare and
Medicaid programs and the funding that comes from them.
A nursing home is removed from the list once it has performed well in two consecutive inspections.
An additional 14 nursing homes in the state of Indiana are currently under observation that have a documented patter of poor care significant enough to make them candidates for the SFF federal monitoring program.
Those nursing homes include:
- Essex Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Signature Healthcare of Lafayette
- Hanover Nursing Center
- Aperion Care Valpraiso
- SImmons Loving Care Health Facility
- Life Care Center of Rochester
- Signature Healthcare of Newburgh
- Majestic Care of Fort Wayne
- Rawlins House of Health & Living Community
- Aperion Care Peru
- Majestic Care of Connersville
- North Ridge Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Golden LivingCenter - Elkhart
- Aperion Care Tolleston Park
You can see the full list of troubled nursing homes across the country HERE.