Bill Would Require More Emergency Prep In Nursing Homes

January 3, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - A new bill seeks to bolster emergency preparedness at the nation's nursing homes, even as the Trump administration backs away from some non-compliance penalties.

Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) are lead sponsors of a bill that would require nursing homes to have alternative sources of energy capable of heating, cooling and venting a building for at least four days in case of an emergency; prioritize nursing homes in the same manner as hospitals during public health emergencies; and authorize civil penalties up to $100,000 for non-compliance resulting in a resident's death.

Wasserman Schultz first proposed new rules in October, a month after 14 residents died from heat-related illness in a Hollywood, FL, nursing home days after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning there.

At the time, she decried lax enforcement ........ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE