Tuesday, January 17, 2012

HB 621 Passes Second Committee

HB 621, the Nursing Home Quality Efficiency Act, passed its second committee stop this afternoon, with the Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee voting 14-1 to pass the measure. Bill sponsor Rep. Jim Frishe (R-54) shared important information with the committee about how this bill eliminates outdated reports and requirements in nursing homes (some being 10 years out of date) that are duplicative of federal law/regulations. FHCA supports this bill which would help facilities alleviate some of the cost burdens that come with duplicative requirements and excessive paperwork, allowing staff to "Put Patients Ahead of Paperwork" and focus more time on resident care. The Senate companion, SB 482 by Sen. Jack Latvala (R-16), is expected to be heard by the Senate Health Regulation Committee on Thursday.

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