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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 20, 2019 09:48 AM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman and Rep. Steve Samuelson
To: All House members
Subject: Requiring a Yearly Meeting between Nursing Home Inspectors and Providers to share Concerns, Information and Health Trends
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health employs roughly 110 nursing home surveyors (inspectors) tasked with overseeing more than 700 nursing homes. The communication between the Department of Health and these entities that are caring for more than 80,000 Pennsylvania residents needs to be enhanced.

State surveyors, facility directors and staff all have valuable information they can share with one another to improve the quality of care for some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents. Without this give-and-take, we end up with business as usual and little change in how our facilities run.

We are proposing legislation that would require the Department of Health’s Nursing Care Field Offices to hold annual meetings with staff from the licensed nursing facilities under their jurisdiction to discuss and share information on survey results, patterns, trends and best practices to improve the quality of care. The goal of this legislation is to improve communication, cooperation and collaboration between the Department of Health and nursing homes.

Please join us in cosponsoring this legislation to help provide better cooperation and communication between long-term care nursing facilities and departmental staff.