Bill that would lengthen discharge process for nursing homes could backfire, expert warns
Jessica R. Towhey
Oct 23, 2023
Legislation that would extend the discharge notice period to Wisconsin nursing facility residents who need to relocate could end up in the “unintended consequences” category of laws.
Nurse practitioners will do more in skilled nursing facilities if ICAN Act becomes law
Dec 13, 2022
US Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is championing a bill authorizing nurse practitioners to expand their capabilities, including performing all mandatory examinations in skilled nursing facilities.
Bill would use CMS’s Five-Star system to punish consistently 1-star nursing homes
Oct 10, 2022
A bill that would use the federal government’s Five-Star ratings system as a means to identify and punish poor quality nursing homes passed a New Jersey senate committee Thursday, drawing criticism in...
Nursing homes would report medical director data to CMS under new bill
Sep 16, 2022
A bipartisan bill would require nursing homes to report their medical directors’ information to CMS, and CMS to publish it on the Care Compare tool.
Proposed law would mandate minimum direct care nurse hours
Stephanie H. Kim
Aug 04, 2014
A bill that would establish a minimum direct care nurse staffing hours at Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities was introduced by an Illinois congresswoman last week.
National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments
Jul 23, 2014
The National Quality Forum has come out in strong support of a proposed standardized quality measures, such as skin integrity, across different types of post-acute care settings. Uniform assessments are...
Medicare bill would boost transitions to long-term care, other settings
Jun 02, 2014
Federal lawmakers have introduced a bill designed to improve coordination of care and services for Medicare beneficiaries as they move from one setting to another.
New bill emphasizes freedom in serious illness care plans
Aug 05, 2013
A newly proposed bill aims to give people with serious and terminal illnesses more say in their care plan and provide Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to healthcare professionals for holding discussions...
New bill improves on nursing home surveys and surveyor training
Aug 01, 2013
A new House bill aims to improve the nursing home survey process, enhance whistleblower protections for surveyors and establish an advisory committee for CMS that would include skilled nursing facility...
Medicare ‘doc fix’ clears hurdle in the House, but providers still have questions
Jul 24, 2013
A House of Representatives subcommittee has approved legislation reforming physician payments through Medicare. The bill passed out of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health by voice vote on Tuesday,...