New Version Of Nursing Home Transparency Act

Nursing Home Transparency ActA new version of the Nursing Home Transparency Act and Quality Act of Care has been proposed in the House of Representatives by Pete Stark (D- CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D- IL).  The new version of the legislation is a modification of an earlier bill proposed by Senator Herb Kohl (D- WI) and Charles Grassley (R- IA) earlier this year.  The new version contains more stringent requirements for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  Specifically, the new bill contains additional provisions for quality assurance and improvement demonstration program.  According to Representative Stark,

“As the government pays for 60% of spending on nursing homes annually, with 80 percent of residents supported by public funds at any time, we have the responsibility to hold the homes accountable for the quality of care they provide.”

Not surprisingly, The American Health Care Association (AHCA), which represents many nursing homes and long-term care facilities opposed the bill calling it “highly subjective, inconsistent and an inaccurate assessment of quality.

With more than 90% of nursing homes across the U.S. cited for violations–many of which that directly impact patient safety, the new bill is not only timely, but essential to assure some level of decent quality care for nursing home residents.


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