The New York Department of Health last week announced that it has amended the operating certificates of 18 health care facilities for failing to comply with the mandates of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century.

The recommendations of the panel, otherwise known as the Berger Commission after its chairman, Stephen Berger, became legal mandates 18 months ago for 81 medical facilities and nursing homes to downsize, merge, or close.

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