New York passes bill to improve quality in nursing homes

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The New York Assembly passed a bill directing the Department of Health to inform the public clearly about quality in the state's 670 nursing homes, according to AARP.

The "Nursing Home Quality" bill was introduced by Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee. The legislation establishes a nursing home quality improvement fund, where fines from nursing home violations will be pooled to fund educational programs. The legislation also requires the DOH to conduct a study to examine staffing levels in nursing homes.

Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), chair of the state's Senate Health Committee, has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.