White House Meets On Potential Repeal Of Nursing Home Arbitration Ban

May 11, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnIght's Long-Term Care News - The White House Office of Management and Budget held a meeting with nursing home consumer advocates on Friday to discuss a federal rule that could possibly roll back the national ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements.

The rule was posted to the OMB's website in late April, with the title “Revision of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Arbitration Agreements.”  While the “revisions” the rule proposes were unclear, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) soon after bashed the rule as a “misguided decision” to lift the arbitration ban.  The rule is currently listed as being in the “proposed rule stage.”

OMB and Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services officials did not disclose at the meeting exactly what the rule would do, Modern Healthcare reported, but CMS officials “hinted” that they prefer arbitration to litigation.  The agency also asked attendees whether arbitration was a more efficient way to resolve disputes than litigation.

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