Developments on Nursing Home Disclosure Requirements

Senators Chuck Grassley and Herb Kohl’s Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act of 2008 (the “Act”) is still pending before committees in both the House and Senate. The Act focuses on enhancing the transparency of entities and individuals ultimately responsible for the ownership and operations of nursing facilities. Supporters view it as important legislation aimed at bringing clarity to consumers as well as improvements to enforcement and nursing home staff training requirements. However, certain health care organizations have raised concerns about the proposed legislation asserting that it will not achieve its purpose and instead may prove problematic.

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