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March 31, 2017
The Revised Federal Nursing Facility Regulations
Are Safe From Repeal!
As many of you know, the revised nursing facility regulations were subject to repeal under the Congressional Review Act (CRA)*.  However, the deadline for introducing resolutions of disapproval under the CRA passed yesterday, Thursday, March 30.  Since no resolution had been introduced to repeal the revised nursing facility regulations by the deadline, they are safe from repeal.
These vital regulations increase quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents by requiring:
greater emphasis on a resident’s individual needs and preferences
prompt development of a care plan
more comprehensive care
improved training
improved protections against abuse, neglect and exploitation
better protection of resident property
increased visitation rights
protection against evictions
a limitation of nursing facilities’ ability to “dump” a resident at the hospital
Thank you all for defending these important regulations.  With these regulations, nursing home residents across the country will experience a higher quality of care and life.
*The CRA is a law passed in 1996 that allows Congress to repeal or prevent a regulation issued by a federal agency from taking effect.  The CRA states that all regulations passed in the last 60 legislative days under the previous administration are subject to repeal.  The revised federal nursing home regulations were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and became effective on October 4, 2016.  Since the revised regulations became effective in the last 60 legislative days of the previous administration, they were subject to repeal through the CRA.

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