Poorly rated nursing homes may not be flagged

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The Associated Press reported that, as of April, around 400 nursing home facilities nationwide were found by the federal government to have a “persistent record of poor care,” but weren’t included on a list of facilities that get greater oversight and warning labels. Among those unlisted but problematic homes were four in Colorado, including Aspen Living Center in Colorado Springs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services notes in a release that there are 15,000 nursing homes in the country, and almost 3,000 of these have a one-star rating on their health inspections. But there are only 88 slots for the Special Focus Facility program, which targets homes with more scrutiny.

Bethany Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lakewood is Colorado’s only Special Focus Facility.

Part of the reason for the transparency and oversight issues relates to federal budget cuts, the AP reports. 

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