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Advocacy in Action July 26, 2019

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 26, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2019
July 26, 2019

Senate Approves Compromise CON Reform Legislation
On Wednesday this week, the North Carolina Senate approved House Bill 126, which would grant an exemption from the Certificate of Need review process for continuing care retirement communities. Its passage marks a milestone in the six-year effort to obtain this exemption that is so important to many CCRC residents.

Passage of the legislation by the Senate now sets up consideration of the bill by the House of Representatives. Without getting too far down in the sausage-making weeds, the House will in all likelihood vote to not concur with the bill…this is a procedural reality that will result in the formation of a conference committee of appointed Senate and House members. The conference committee will work to come up with a version that both chambers can vote on…if that happens – and if both chambers vote to approve the bill that comes out of the conference committee – it will go to the Governor for his signature.

At this point it appears the Senate and House will run skeletal sessions next week. We are carefully monitoring the potential appointment of members to the conference committee and will provide more information as it becomes available.

Analysis of Major Changes in RoPs
Last week, CMS announced proposed rules that would delay key components of the Phase 3 Rules of Participation. CMS proposed delaying until November 28, 2020, requirements pertaining to compliance and ethics, as well as Quality Assurance Performance Improvement plan (QAPI) stipulations. As promised, here is LeadingAge national's complete analysis of the proposed rule. We’ll be providing more information as the rulemaking process continues.

LeadingAge Works to Fix CNA Training Penalty
Nationally, LeadingAge advocates have been out in force to lobby for H.R. 1265, the bipartisan Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act. When a nursing home gets fined more than $10,000 — despite the reason – it cannot train staff to be certified nursing assistants for 2 years. The bill would change the law to give CMS the choice to decide which penalty makes sense when a problem is found.

  • Want to keep up the momentum over the August recess? Go to LeadingAge national's “Make Your Voice Heard” webpage beginning August 1st. Send a letter asking your representative to support the bill – or, visit him or her in a district office.
  • If your Member is on the bill already – list follows – thank him or her! Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Colin Peterson (D-MN) introduced the bill, and Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Jim Banks (R-IN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Steve Watkins (R-KS), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Lance Gooden (R-TX), Pete Stauber (R-MN), Tom Cole (R-OK), Kevin Hern (R-OK), and Adrian Smith (R-NE) are cosponsors.

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