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Tell Congress to Protect Nursing Home Residents

Bipartisan bills have been introduced in the U.S. Congress that would offer a permanent solution for the reimbursement formula used to determine Medicare physician payment rates (called the “sustainable growth rate” or SGR). However, these bills include an extremely harmful provision for nursing home residents. The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Acts of 2015 (H.R. 1470 and S. 2000) both contain a "standard of care" provision that would make it more difficult for violations of important federal quality of life and quality of care standards - such as residents' rights, nurse staffing, or assessment and care planning - to be used to establish a legal case of negligence against a facility. Ask your member to exclude nursing homes from this provision today. This legislation is likely to be considered in the House of Representatives on the morning of Thursday, March 26, and shortly thereafter in the U.S. Senate, so Congress needs to hear from you now!

The ability to hold substandard facilities accountable through the civil justice system for cases of poor care, neglect and abuse is essential for quality nursing home care. Government studies have repeatedly shown that state inspection agencies fail to penalize facilities for harming residents, even when they find serious injuries, and many problems are never cited at all. Often the courts are the only branch of government that holds nursing homes responsible for their actions. By making it more difficult to use the federal requirements to establish a case of negligence against poor facilities and for these standards to be admissable into evidence, consumers’ ability to seek justice and accountability would be severely weakened.

Please help us defeat this provision by asking your members of Congress to exclude nursing home residents from this provision in the SGR fix legislation. It is quick and easy - just enter in your zip code and information here, and a letter will be provided for you to send. We appreciate your advocacy!
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NGNA Members' Article Published

NGNA President-Elect Joanne Alderman, MSN, RN, BC, APRN, FNGNA and former Vice-President Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA recently had their article, titled Why Be a Gerontological Nurse?, published in the National Student Nurses' Association's professional magazine, Imprint.

The article discusses the topic "Why work with older adults," potential career opportunities for nursing students and other important questions potential geriatric nurses may have but do not know who to ask.

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Register now for NICHE 2015

2015 Annual NICHE Conference
Innovation Through Leadership   |   April 14-17
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Lake Buena Vista, FL

The 2015 Annual NICHE Conference is a four-day event highlighting evidence-based innovations, research, and networking opportunities. The NICHE Program supports hospitals and other healthcare facilities in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times - quality care of older adults.

Join us and learn how to drive innovations that improve care across the continuum and lead change in your organization's approach to healthcare for our aging population.

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