Nursing Home Transparency up for Decision by Senate

Congress is considering the most extensive nursing home reforms in more than 20 years as part of health care reform. The Senate voted November 21 to proceed with debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which includes extensive improvements in the information available to American families about nursing home ownership, operations and performance through the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act. It also includes the Elder Justice Act and the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act to provide for criminal background checks on all long-term care workers who have access to residents or patients, either at home or in a facility.

Many senators hope to see the bill finalized in January. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.