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17 Attorneys General Condemn Federal Action Rolling Back Protections for Nursing Home Residents

June 05, 2018

Last week, 17 Attorneys General submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services condemning federal actions that would delay the enforcement of protections for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries who receive care in skilled nursing facilities.  Leading the coalition was California Attorney General Xavier Becerra who held a press conference highlighting their concerns.  The federal actions, including a memorandum to decrease the amounts of Civil Money Penalties imposed against a facility, and an 18-month moratorium on enforcement of certain requirements, in effect, weaken the 2016 CMS regulatory reforms that would improve the safety of nursing home residents by providing protections against abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  The letter was sent in anticipation of the June rule-making period that will revisit requirements deemed to be burdensome for facilities.  For more information, read the press release from the Office of the Attorney General.  See Consumer Voice's statement on the Attorneys General action. 

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