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Biden administration vows tougher oversight of poor-performing nursing homes with safety issues

The Biden administration announced plans Friday to toughen oversight of the nation's poorest-performing nursing homes with escalating fines and terminating federal funding for the homes that fail to improve.

The administration will overhaul the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "special focus facility" program of homes with poor safety records. Homes in the program that fail to improve will be fined escalating penalties for violations. Those facilities with safety violations that generate at least two "immediate jeopardy" warnings could be terminated from Medicare or Medicaid funding – a potential death blow for homes that rely on federal funding to sustain operations.

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