Bill Introduced to Protect Nursing Home Residents Through Background Checks
Via the Buffalo (NY) News:
Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Co.) have proposed a new federal law to improve hiring practices at places where many seniors spend their last days. She cited a Senate report detailing widespread problems at nursing homes nationwide and also Buffalo News stories that revealed dangerous conditions for residents at several local facilities. Gillibrand was referring in part to a June report by Pennsylvania’s two senators that listed 488 nursing homes nationwide that have “a persistent record of poor care.” The federal government had previously identified the 88 “special focus facilities” that get closer federal review. But the senators’ report lists 400 additional facilities that would be special focus facilities if the federal government had the resources to give them more attention, the bill would expand access to that data bank so that Medicare- and Medicaid-certified skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs and pharmacies could use it. The bill is called the Promote Responsible Oversight and Targeted Employee Background Check Transparency for Seniors (PROTECTS) Act.