Nursing homes renew ardent opposition to arbitration bill
Bruce Yarwood, AHCA CEO
Yarwood criticized the bill because, he says, it would increase the likelihood of lawsuits, which would divert scarce Medicaid funding from patient care and toward legal fees.
"Arbitration settlements are quicker and less adversarial than traditional litigation, and many courts throughout America have determined the process to be both fair and appropriate," Yarwood argued.
The bill would call for an end to the use of arbitration agreements as pre-requisites to admission in nursing homes. Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mel Martinez (R-FL) originally introduced the same measure in the Senate in early April.