Senators Push Bill for Transparency in Nursing Home Reporting

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) have re-introduced a bill to give consumers more information about individual nursing homes and their record of care. The Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act would require nursing homes to develop internal quality assurance and performance-improvement standards to monitor and improve care; require the development of a standardized complaint form online for residents and their families; and enable state and federal regulators to identify all persons and organizations with a significant ownership interest in a nursing home, or those who have an important role in the management, financing and operation of a facility.

In a news release about the bill, Kohl said that a report by the Government Accountability Office indicates that many nursing-home improvements are past due. Period survery and complaint investigations demonstrate weaknesses in those surveys, such as state-funding inequities, limited data on the effect of funding on facility oversight and limited oversight of state funding.To see 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.