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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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Call for Awards is Open!

Call for Awards & Scholarship Nominations

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is proud to once again offer award and scholarship opportunities for the coming year. Awards will be presented at the 2015 NGNA Annual Convention in Indianapolis, IN . Please consider nominating one or more of our outstanding members for an award; the time commitment to nominate is minimal, but the rewards are huge!

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NGNA Membership Brochure

Download the new NGNA Membership brochure, and learn the benefits of membership in NGNA.

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Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organization’s 2014 Annual Report

Click here to download the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organization’s 2014 Annual Report
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NGNA Releases National Standards Recommended to Prepare Nurses to Care for Older Adults

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is pleased to announce recommendations for improving educational preparation of registered nurses to care for older adults.

NGNA’s Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group developed a position statement in response to the growing numbers of older adults, estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to reach 20% of the total population by the year 2030.

“With less than 1% of the nation’s registered nurses certified in gerontological nursing, the need for strengthening the current and future nursing workforce to deliver excellent care to older adults is imperative,” says NGNA President Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, FNGNA.

To read the entire Position Statement, click here.