Friday, February 3, 2012

Bills that put patients ahead of paperwork on the move this week

On the agenda this week were several bills that contain similar language as that which is in the Nursing Home Quality Efficiency Act (HB 621 by Rep. Jim Frishe, R-54 and SB 482 by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-16), the FHCA-supported bills which put patients ahead of paperwork. HB 1419 by Rep. Jason Brodeur (R-33) is the Agency for Health Care Administration-supported bill which would eliminate some duplicate and unnecessary reporting requirements for nursing homes. The bill was heard in the House Health & Human Services Quality Subcommittee on Tuesday and passed.

During that same Committee meeting, FHCA stood up in support of HB 787 by Rep. Carlos Trujillo (R-116), which contains similar proposals to eliminate duplicative requirements.

SB 1884 by Sen. Rene′ Garcia (R-40), the companion to HB 1419, was heard that same afternoon in the Senate Health Regulation Committee. The bill passed, but without the language reflected in SB 482, due to the fact that SB 482 is moving along through the process.

FHCA will continue tracking these important bills which put patients ahead of paperwork by eliminating some outdated and duplicative requirements, allowing caregivers more time to focus on delivering high-quality care to long term care residents.

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