Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Special Focus Facility (SFF) Program Update
• Total SFF slots and candidates for each State: The number of designated slots and candidates for FY 2017 (see Appendix A)
will not change from those effective since May 1, 2014.
• Initial selection notice: The State Survey Agency (SA) must notify the provider in writing of their SFF selection and conduct
a meeting (either onsite or via telephone) with the nursing home’s accountable parties, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) Regional Office (RO), if the RO wants to be included.
• Graduation from the SFF program: Once an SFF has completed two consecutive standard surveys with no deficiencies cited at
a scope and severity of “F” or greater (or “G” or greater for Life Safety Code (LSC) deficiencies), and has had no complaint
surveys with deficiencies at “F” or greater (or “G” or greater for Life Safety Code (LSC) deficiencies) in between those two
standard surveys, the facility will graduate from the SFF program. However, if the only deficiency preventing graduation is
an “F” level deficiency for food safety requirements (42 CFR §483.60(i) Tag F371), the RO has discretion to allow the facility
to graduate from the SFF program. F371 deficiencies at a “G” level or greater will prevent the facility from graduating from
the SFF program.
• Authority for termination: Consistent with longstanding authority, the CMS ROs may use discretionary termination for SFFs
(or any facility) if necessary to protect resident health and safety.