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Increase in Federal Fines Nursing Facilities Pay for Violating Nursing Home Reform Law

November 23, 2015

A provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (signed by President Obama on November 2nd) will increase the amounts of federal fines that nursing facilities may be required to pay for violating the Nursing Home Reform Law.  The provision amends the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 to eliminate the exemption of programs under the Social Security Act (including Medicare and Medicaid).  The section requires the heads of federal agencies to adjust civil monetary penalties through interim final rulemaking with the increased penalties effective no later than August 1, 2016, and thereafter, to make cost-of-living adjustments to federal penalties.  These federal fines have not been increased in 20 years.  For more information, read the alert from the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

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