The headlines are centered on the insurance reform provisions of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act), which became law on March 23, 2010. However, a lesser known provision of the Act will specifically impact the owners and operators of nursing homes. Subtitle B of Title VI of the Act, entitled “Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement,” includes broad changes to the federal ownership disclosures that must be made by nursing homes participating in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. While some states already have broad ownership disclosure protocols, the Act marks the first time that certain of these disclosures will be made at the federal level. Further, the federal disclosures will be made publicly available.
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