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The case of the vanishing fine: How a massive nursing home penalty eluded consumer detection

On December 15, 2021, CalMatters published an article with the above-title about a nearly million dollar fine imposed against a Fresno nursing home, Northpointe Healthcare Centre, that was largely hidden from the public for years. Northpointe is a skilled nursing facility affiliated with Shlomo Rechnitz, who has owned the facility for over seven years without a license to operate it. The federal government cited Northpointe in 2018 after inspectors found violations presenting “immediate jeopardy” to residents that are described in a 131-page inspection report. Notwithstanding the huge fine, which CalMatters reports is the largest penalty given to any California nursing home in at least a decade, information on it had been excluded from the CMS Care Compare website until this month. CalMatters reports that over two-thirds of the federal fines totaling $100,000 or more against California nursing homes since 2018 had not been not discoverable on Care Compare.