Nursing Homes Lobbying for Fewer Regulations

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The chairman of the United States Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development has recommended that the group issue regulations limiting long-term care facility inspections.

Chairman Tom Latham (R-IA) believes that “inspections for facilities can be ‘duplicative with state and local health and safety codes and at times even contradictory’ under the National Housing Act,” according to one article.

There are no exact statistics relating how many nursing home residents have been neglected or abused while at a nursing home facility. Yet numerous congressional reports say that nearly one-third of nursing homes have been cited for abuse.

In his report to the Subcommittee, Latham instructed Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue regulations limiting its inspections to nursing home facilities that either state and local governments do not inspect or they don’t provide sufficient inspections in compliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements.

It is not outlined how this should be done or how Latham feels that this will better protect vulnerable nursing home residents from abusive and neglectful nursing homes.