The Bush administration passed legislation that affects the entire nursing home industry occurred with no public notice attention without a word from the government. The rule designates state inspectors and Medicare and Medicaid contractors as federal employees. This is a group usually shielded form providing evidence for either side in private litigation. The restrictions affect about 16,000 nursing facilities nationwide which house 3 million residents. The effect is to force elderly abuse litigants to go to greater lengths, including seeking court orders, to get inspection reports or depositions for cases they are pursuing or defending. Many critics are blaming this on the nursing home industry, which will greatly benefit from the new legislation. It will make it harder for abused nursing home residents to gather information on their respective nursing homes. To read more about this new nursing home legislation, click the link.