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New Report Outs Secret List of Nation’s
Worst Performing Nursing Homes


On June 3, 2019, U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania released a report and a list of over 400 nursing homes that are candidates for the federal Special Focus Facility (SFF) program. The SFF program provides increased oversight of nursing homes that “substantially fail” to meet required care standards. These facilities are considered to be among the worst performing nursing homes in the nation.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) keeps a list of both “participants” and “candidates” for the SFF program, but only publicly discloses the names of the 88 nursing homes that states select as participants.

SFF participants are inspected more frequently and may be subjected to stronger enforcement actions. SFF candidates are a much larger group of nursing homes – approximately 400 nursing homes nationwide – whose poor care is indistinguishable from SFF participants. But their names have been kept secret and they get no additional oversight.

In disclosing the SFF candidate list they obtained from CMS, Senators Casey and Toomey expressed their belief that it is information that must be publicly available to individuals and families seeking nursing home care for their loved ones.

It is indeed. The list includes 28 California nursing homes that are SFF candidates. One of them is the Lakewood Healthcare Center, which has been cited repeatedly this year for endangering residents.

Read the report, Families and Residents’ Right to Know: Uncovering Poor Care in America’s Nursing Homes.

Special Focus Facility Participants in California as of April 2019

    1. Alexandria Care Center, Los Angeles
    2. Kingston Healthcare Center LLC, Bakersfield
    3. La Mariposa Care and Rehabilitation Center, Fairfield
    4. Riverside Heights Healthcare Center, LLC, Riverside
    5. San Fernando Post Acute Hospital, Sylmar
    6. Willows Center, Willows

Special Focus Facility Candidates in California as of April 2019

    1. Beverly West Healthcare, Los Angeles
    2. Corona Post Acute, Corona
    3. Del Rio Gardens Care Center, Bell Gardens
    4. Downey Community Health Center, Downey
    5. Fircrest Convalescent Hospital, Sebastopol
    6. Fortuna Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, LP, Fortuna
    7. Good Shepherd Hlth Care Ctr of Santa Monica, Santa Monica
    8. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center D/P SNF, Los Angeles
    9. Lake Forest Nursing Center, Lake Forest
    10. Lakeview Terrace, Los Angeles
    11. Lakewood Healthcare Center, Downey
    12. Lancaster Health Care Center, Lancaster
    13. Las Flores Convalescent Hospital, Gardena
    14. Long Beach Healthcare Center, Long Beach
    15. Merritt Manor Convalescent Hospital, Tulare
    16. Millbrae Skilled Care, Millbrae
    17. Olympia Convalescent Hospital, Los Angeles
    18. Riverside Postacute Care, Riverside
    19. Royal Palms Post Acute, Glendale
    20. Santa Anita Convalescent Hosp, Temple City
    21. Sky Harbor Care Center, Yucca Valley
    22. Shadowbrook Post Acute, Oroville
    23. Terracina Post Acute, Redlands
    24. Wellsprings Post Acute Center, Lancaster
    25. Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center of Long Beach, Long Beach
    26. Windsor Palms Care Center of Artesia, Artesia
    27. Woodland Care Center, Reseda
    28. Yuba Skilled Nursing Center, Yuba City