NCCNHR is urging House and Senate leaders to ensure that nursing home transparency and improvement, along with requiring criminal background checks, are in both health care bills. Currently, the Elder Justice Act is in the Senate bill only. Advocates are working to ensure that this Act will be included in final health care legislation.
If passed, the legislation will include public disclosure of the entities that own, govern and operate nursing homes. There will also be more in-depth information on the Nursing Home Compare website. Training in dementia care for nursing assistants is also an important provision in the legislation and will improve care for nursing home residents who suffer from complex medical issues, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti encourage you to contact your congressman and voice your support for the legislation that will help to protect families and individuals from nursing home abuse and neglect. To see more provisions of the nursing home bill, please click the link.