Advocates for nursing home residents met with White House officials last month to urge them against easing regulations in the field.

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care — along with 11 other groups — implored the Office of Management and Budget to retain nursing home regulations, as issued in October 2016. Those provide “important protections to residents,” the groups noted in a news alert posted last month.

Consumer Voice argued that any plans to modify the rules of participation to reduce provider burden would be “both unnecessary and harmful,” citing a handful of past media stories on nursing home resident abuse.

The advocacy group said its comments and meeting with OMB stemmed from anticipated  future nursing home rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“Although the proposed regulations have not been released,  individuals and groups can meet with OMB to discuss their views on what they believe the rules will contain,” Consumer Voice noted.