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Nursing Home Residents Imperiled As Safety Standards Are Undermined – LTCCC

The communication below is sourced from a communication from the Long Term Care Community Coalition , June 14, 2018: “Since January 2017, the health and safety of nursing home residents has become increasingly imperiled.”

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Nursing Home Residents Imperiled As Safety Standards Are Undermined – LTCCC

Since January 2017, the health and safety of nursing home residents has become increasingly imperiled. Nursing home lobbyists have urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to eliminate or delay regulations and dramatically reduce enforcement of violations. Unfortunately, CMS has shown a disturbing willingness to follow these lobbyists’ recommendations.

For example, under regulations finalized by the prior administration, nursing homes were obligated by November 2017 to conduct prompt care planning and institute antibiotic stewardship programs. Rather than making sure that nursing homes implemented these important protections, the Trump administration complied with lobbyist requests to delay enforcement of these and other requirements, establishing a moratorium until May 2019 on money penalties, even though nursing homes have been on notice of these requirements since September 2016.

Similarly, nursing home lobbyists have attacked a regulation from the previous administration that had prevented nursing homes from obtaining arbitration agreements from residents during the admissions process. In response, the current administration has proposed to rescind that regulation and issue a new regulation that would authorize nursing homes to require arbitration agreements as a condition of being admitted.

LTCCC, Justice in Aging, and some of our close partners created a tracker of industry lobbying and resulting administrative actions, as well as a series of policy alerts providing more detail about the specific protections weakened by industry lobbying. The direct link is: https://nursinghome411.org/fighting-the-rollback-of-nursing-home-protections/.

We’ll be updating this page regularly to include future CMS actions. If you would like to speak out to your elected officials about this issue, click here to send a quick, free message.

Long Term Care Community Coalition
www.nursinghome411.org
One Penn Plaza, Suite 6252
New York, NY 10119
United States

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