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October 01, 2015

ABA Urges HHS to Strengthen Resident Protections in Proposed Nursing Home Rule

(The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: (Bifocal, Vol. 37, Issue 1).)


On September 30, the ABA submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (HHS CMS) urging it to modify its proposed rule establishing new requirements for long-term care facilities.

The ABA identified several areas in which the proposed nursing home rule should be strengthened or clarified, including new language supporting residents’ right to vote, encouraging advance care planning, and expressly prohibiting pre-dispute agreements to arbitrate disputes between nursing homes and residents.

Read the comment letter.