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6 Mississippi nursing homes among problematic US centers

(AP) — Six nursing homes in Mississippi are included on a list of about 400 problematic care centers across the country.

The Clarion Ledger reports U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey released the list of problematic centers last week. Each is qualified for a federal program called Special Focus Facility, which provides increased scrutiny of homes that “persistently” underperform. The report says a lack of funding means the increased scrutiny can only be applied to a fraction of problematic facilities.

One Mississippi facility is accused of repeatedly failing to correctly administer medication; another is accused of lacking proper plans for resident care. Other allegations included verbal abuse and lack of hygiene care.