Long-Term Care & Medicaid

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 330 - Watts - Nursing homes & certified nursing facilities; minimum staffing standards, administrative sanctions. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions11/22/22
notes: Requires nursing homes to meet a baseline staffing level based on resident acuity in alignment with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services staffing level recommendations. The bill requires nursing homes to collect and submit to the Department of Health certain data related to staffing. The bill gives the Commissioner of Health the power to impose administrative sanctions on nursing homes and directs the Board of Health to promulgate regulations related to the criteria and procedures for imposition of administrative sanctions or initiation of court proceedings for violations of the bill. The bill provides that nursing homes shall only be subject to administrative sanctions upon initial funding for the state share of the cost to implement the provisions of the bill. The bill establishes the Long-Term Care Services Fund for the purpose of making grants to assist in the provision of activities that protect or improve the quality of care or quality of life for residents, patients, and consumers of long-term care services.
HB 646 - Carr - Nursing homes; standards of care and staff requirements, regulations. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions11/22/22
notes: Requires the State Board of Health to establish staffing and care standards in nursing homes to require a minimum of direct care services to each resident per 24-hour period as follows: (i) a minimum of 2.8 direct care hours provided by a nurse aide per resident, per day; (ii) a minimum of 1.3 direct care hours provided by a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse per resident, per day; and (iii) a minimum of 0.75 hours out of total 4.1 required direct hours provided by a registered nurse per resident, per day. The bill requires nursing homes to provide quarterly staff training on first aid, medication administration, and compliance with nursing home policies and procedures. Additionally, the bill removes language requiring that each hospital, nursing home, and certified nursing facility establish protocols for patient visits from a rabbi, priest, minister, or clergy of any religious denomination or sect during a declared public health emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat.
HB 651 - Kory - Individuals w/ intellectual disabilities; DMAS to report on use of community intermediate care. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions11/22/22
notes: Directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to report annually by December 1 of each year to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Committees on Education and Health and Finance and Appropriations and the House Committees on Health, Welfare and Institutions and Appropriations regarding utilization of community intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities in the Commonwealth and to make such report available to the public on a website maintained by the Department.