Everything listed under: nursing home legislation

  • New Bill Would Permit Coroners to Investigate Nursing Home Deaths, if Passed

    One state is considering a law that would enable a coroner to investigate nursing home deaths under certain circumstances. According to the bill, every death that occurs in a senior living facility would be reported to a coroner. Depending upon certain criteria, such as the decedent’s medical history, the coroner could then determine if an investigation is necessary.   Read More...

  • One State's Governor Postpones Nursing Home Funding, Creates Backlash Among Politicians

    One governor is receiving both support and backlash after she refused to sign a law which would affect nursing home funding in her state.  According to a report, the governor has decided to wait a year before making a decision whether to sign or veto the bill.  The bi-partisan bill was proposed after concerns following several nursing home closures in this state.Some politicians claim her refusal to immediately sign this bill is “detrimental” for senior care.   Read More...

  • List of Nursing Home Facilities with "Poor Care" Standards Made Available to Public

    Several nursing home facilities were recently exposed via several United States senators for having a consistent record of poor patient care. The facilities’ deficiencies were made public through a report made public. One state had six facilities named.   Read More...

  • Bill Proposed in Efforts to Deter Invasion of Developmentally Disabled Elders’ Privacy

    One state’s senator is supporting a bill in hopes of further protecting seniors with developmental disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s. The bill provides additional specification for violations of these vulnerable seniors’ privacy rights, especially those in nursing homes. If passed, the bill would instill laws and regulations to prevent privacy breaches.The bill was ignited following an incident where a nurse’s aide took and posted a photograph on social media of a demente...  Read More...

  • Analyst Blames Lack of Government Funding for Poor Quality Care for Seniors

    One critic has called out one state’s legislators for their share of responsibility in the rise of elder abuse and neglect. According to this critic, poorly funding certain government programs has serious social consequences in addition to its fiscal advantages. Nursing home facilities may be among those affected, according to the critic.The critic mentions the above-referenced state’s minuscule Medicaid/Medicare funding is preventing even the bare requirements for elders in dire nee...  Read More...

  • Organization for Seniors is Urging One State to Support Legislation to Improve Seniors’ Quality of Life

    One state is setting the bar low for providing quality nursing home care. According to one organization for seniors, this is due to a few factors: the over-administering of non-prescribed anti-psychotic drugs, low ratings of care provided by nurses, and high costs for residents’ living.There are two pending bills that may improve quality of care for seniors, according to the organization for seniors. If passed, one bill would require an actual diagnosis before administering anti-psychotic ...  Read More...

  • Senate to Decide Fate of Nursing Home Arbitration Provisions

    The Office of Management and Budget will soon decide whether to reverse a decision that bans arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts. The issue is whether nursing home facilities should require future residents to resolve disputes solely by arbitration. According to some supporters of the proposed legislation, arbitration is “faster and more efficient” than lawsuits and jury trials.However, one association for seniors strongly disagrees.   Read More...

  • State Legislation May Require Generators In Nursing Homes

    Legislators in one state are working to pass into law preventions for death due to power failures. One nursing home has a current death toll of 14 patients who died in the aftermath of a hurricane. The weight of the tragedy has caused focus on prevention of power loss to avoid further incidents. In the words of one legislator, "Any loss of life is tragic, but it is worse when death can be avoided." Nursing home owners are showing disfavor with the potential requirements of generat...  Read More...