The most discussed legislation of late is the pressing health care reform bills currently being debated in Congress. Two important aspects of this legislation are nursing transparency and improvement and criminal background checks. Currently the Senate bill contains the Elder Justice Act and advocates are working to ensure that this is a provision that is included in the final legislation. The Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act will include Public disclosure of the entities that own, govern, operate and profit from nursing homes. It will also give those looking at nursing homes better information about the quality of care. Most importantly the bills authorize a new program of criminal background checks on long-term care workers who have access to residents or patients. The nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti greatly support this nursing home legislation.
Please contact your local congressman and voice your support for the Elder Justice Act. To find other ways to support this nursing home legislation, please visit the NCCNHR’s website.