Monday, January 30, 2017
Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a broad revision of nursing home regulations, which began taking effect in late November 2016, and will continue to be phased in this year through 2019, making them the first updates in long-term care requirements since 1991. Specifically, the regulations strengthen the residents’ control over specific decisions, call for expanded staff training for preventing elder abuse, and extend protections for “dumping.” In addition, many Americans are welcoming the ban on binding arbitration agreements that nursing homes often require for admission, hoping that public lawsuits will bring attention to the perils of the industry and deter other nursing homes in the future. However, many are still questioning whether these new requirements will help improve the care in nursing homes across the country.
See Paula Span, Nursing Home Residents Gain New Protections, N.Y. Times, January 27, 2017.