Arbitration win suits providers

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Parkinson: Arbitration proven fair
Parkinson: Arbitration proven fair

The Trump administration announced that it was abandoning an Obama-era rule that would outlaw pre-dispute arbitration agreements, initiating a celebration by long-term care providers.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services instead has proposed a new rule that would allow the agreements — as long as they are written in plain language and explained to residents and their representatives thoroughly, and the resident  acknowledges understanding.

“The ban was an overreach, flying in the face of the Federal Arbitration Act and Congressional intent,” AHCA President and CEO Mark Parkinson said.