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. According to policy directors for this association, arbitration is unjust and inappropriate in instances of nursing home neglect and abuse. “We were alarmed that the provisions of the proposed rule would likely have dangerous and harmful impacts on nursing home residents, as well as their families,” one director of the association stated. For more, read the story.