Section 6111 of the Affordable Care Act


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Federal regulations


When a skilled nursing facility or a nursing facility is assessed a civil money penalty as a result of deficiencies, the Secretary of HHS is authorized to reduce the amount of the penalty by up to 50% when the facility has self-reported and promptly, within 10 days after the penalty is imposed, corrected the deficiency.

This reduction is not permitted in the following two instances:

  • If the Secretary of HHS had reduced a penalty imposed on the facility in the preceding year with respect to a repeat deficiency; and/or
  • If the penalty is imposed on the facility for a deficiency that is found to result in a pattern of harm or widespread harm, immediately jeopardizes the health or safety of a resident or residents of the facility, or results in the death of a resident of the facility.


Civil Money Penalties for Nursing Homes

Final regulations published in the Federal Register on March 18, 2011 to revise and expand current Medicare and Medicaid regulations regarding the imposition and collection of civil money penalties by CMS when nursing homes are not in compliance with participation requirements.  

Effective Date: January 1, 2012.