The legislation was proposed amid the Trump administration’s attempts to decrease nursing home regulations that were established during Obama’s presidential term. According to a report from NPR, the administration claims that the regulation roll backs will “save nursing homes more than $600 million a year,” with the intent of redistributing the funds toward care improvements. However, the plan does not require that funds are distributed towards such programs.
The administration also wants to change how antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to nursing home patients. The use of these drugs can be fatal for people with dementia. Currently, “if a nursing home resident gets a new prescription for an antipsychotic, it can’t be renewed after two weeks without a doctor’s exam. But under the proposed rule, the doctor could keep renewing the prescription without seeing the patient again for a month or two,” reported NPR.
In addition to Congresswoman Schakowsky and Senator Blumenthal, the Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act is sponsored by 25 other members of the House of Representatives and 2 other members of the Senate. The legislation is still awaiting a vote.
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