–If a facility self-reports a deficiency and corrects it within 10 days, the civil penalty will be reduced 50%. The penalty cannot be reduced if it results in harm or death to a patient.
–Civil money penalties levied against a facility may be used to support activities that benefit residents.
–A demonstration project is available to develop, test, and implement an independent monitor program to oversee interstate and large intrastate chains of skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities.
–Any individual who is the facility administrator must written notification of an impending closure 60 days prior, notify all residents and include a transitional care plan, and not accept any new residents. Any administrator who does not comply will e subject to a civil penalty of $100,000 and be subject to exclusion from participating in any Federal health care program.