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The Legislature’s Missed Opportunity – Failure to Reform Nursing Homes in Massachusetts

August 4, 2022 Op-Ed in CommonWealth Magazine by Senator Richard Moore Download Senator Moore’s Op-Ed on Failure to Reform (docx) Much has been written about the legalization of Sports Betting in the Commonwealth.  The introduction of this much-debated and formerly illegal past-time is a tribute to the power of the gambling industry in Massachusetts! With […]

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National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality

A major, comprehensive report on nursing home care was released on April 6, 2022, by the Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes under the jurisdiction of the National Academies of Sciences (NASEM), Engineering, and Medicine, The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff. With […]

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Advocate for Nursing Home Reform

Please contact Senator Pat Jehlen (Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1578) and Representative Tom Stanley (Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2810) of the Committee on Elder Affairs to urge favorable action on S414 and other bills that would improve the quality of nursing homes. It is possible that some of these bills may be incorporated into a larger Nursing Home Reform […]

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DignityMA Media Re: White House Proposal

DignityMA members have been busy being published in newspapers across the state, explaining our support for the White House’s Proposed Nursing Home Reforms. Paul Lanzikos in the Gloucester Daily Times and the Salem News Arlene Germain in the Greenfield Recorder. Previous Previous Our view: Doing the right thing We have to all be in this […]

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Action Agenda from Consumer Voice

From the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care March Forth Together On February 28, 2022, the Biden Administration announced it would be implementing new nursing home reforms including the creation of a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes, accountability for poor performing nursing homes, increased transparency around ownership and finances, and support for direct […]

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Support for White House’s Proposed Nursing Home Reforms

March 1, 2022 Dignity Alliance released a statement applauding the White House’s proposed nursing home reforms(pdf). The release highlights DignityMA priorities. The Release and White House Proposal are copied in full below. Media Release on White House’s Proposed Nursing Home Reforms March 1, 2022— (Boston, MA)–The COVID-19 pandemic exposed longstanding problems in nursing homes that […]

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Alarm Sounded over Nursing Home Care Gaps

December 6, 2021 – Boston Globe Letter – Alarm sounded over continual gaps in care at nursing homes Is there no dignity among owners and operators of nursing homes that so many fail their most basic responsibility to protect the lives of the residents and staff? No one should be surprised by the article in […]

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HR 598 – Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents and Workers During COVID–19 and Beyond Act

Federal Bill HR 598 supports the Dignity Alliance MA Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability and transparency. DAM has endorsed this legislation. This bill modifies several requirements for Medicare skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and Medicaid nursing facilities (NFs) to address the public health emergency […]

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HR 2812 – Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act

HR 2812 supports: DAM Goal 1: Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability and transparency. DAM Goal 3: Home and Community-Based Supports and Services improvement and expansion of opportunities. DAM has endorsed this legislation. Points: Prohibit pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements allowing legal action if needed. Ban Pre-Dispute Arbitration […]

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The Budget Reconciliation Legislation which includes nursing home reform, HCBS funding, workforce enhancements and elder justice provisions

The nursing home provisions will promote DAM Goal 1 – Nursing Home Reform that is person-centered and respectful of human dignity with oversight, accountability and transparency Improved accuracy and reliability of data submitted to CMS through the payroll-based journal and quality measures or resident assessment data.  This is important for obtaining accurate data on staffing levels […]