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H.R. 6986 - Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act

Introduced: 2018-09-28
Bill Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6986


    To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act with respect to nursing facility requirements, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2018

    Mr. Duffy introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

    To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act with respect to nursing facility requirements, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Nursing facilities are an integral component of the continuum of care for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

(2) Many nursing facilities have in-house educational programs approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to train individuals as certified nursing aides to provide extensive, direct care.

(3) The ability to provide this training is critical for nursing facilities to ensure that—

(A) residents receive the highest quality care;

(B) caregivers are trained on the most timely best practices and clinical standards; and

(C) facilities can—

(i) sustain appropriate staffing levels; and

(ii) recruit and retain qualified staff.

SEC. 3. Training and competency evaluation programs.

(a) Medicare.—Section 1819 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395i–3) is amended—

(1) in subsection (f)(2)—

(A) in subparagraph (A)(iv)(I), by striking “(unless the facility is described in subparagraph (B)(iii)(I))”;

(B) in subparagraph (B)—

(i) in clause (i)—

(I) by striking “(subject to clause (iii))”; and

(II) by inserting “and” after the semicolon;

(ii) in clause (ii), by striking “; and” and inserting a period;

(iii) by striking clause (iii); and

(iv) by striking “A State may not delegate (through subcontract or otherwise) its responsibility under clause (iii)(II) to the skilled nursing facility.”;

(C) by striking subparagraphs (C) and (D); and

(D) by adding at the end the following:

“(C) DISAPPROVAL OF NURSE AIDE TRAINING AND COMPETENCY EVALUATION PROGRAMS AND NURSE AIDE COMPETENCY EVALUATION PROGRAMS.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—With respect to a State, the Secretary may, in consultation with such State, disapprove a nurse aide training and competency evaluation program or a nurse aide competency evaluation program offered by or in a skilled nursing facility if such facility—

“(I) has been assessed a civil monetary penalty under subsection (h)(2)(B)(ii) or section 1919(h)(2)(A)(ii) of not less than $10,483 for providing substandard quality of care; and

“(II) has not, in the determination of the Secretary, corrected the deficiencies in quality of care for which such civil monetary penalty was assessed.

“(ii) RESCISSION OF DISAPPROVAL.—The Secretary shall rescind a disapproval under clause (i) upon demonstration by a facility that all deficiencies for which the civil monetary penalty described in clause (i)(I) was assessed have been remedied.”; and

(2) in subsection (h)(2)(B)(ii)(I), by striking “$10,000” and inserting “$20,628”.

(b) Medicaid.—Section 1919 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r) is amended—

(1) in subsection (f)(2)—

(A) in subparagraph (A)(iv)(I), by striking “(unless the facility is described in subparagraph (B)(iii)(I))”;

(B) in subparagraph (B)—

(i) in clause (i), by inserting “and” after the semicolon;

(ii) in clause (ii), by striking “; and” and inserting a period;

(iii) by striking clause (iii); and

(iv) by striking “A State may not delegate (through subcontract or otherwise) its responsibility under clause (iii)(II) to the nursing facility.”;

(C) by striking subparagraphs (C) and (D); and

(D) by adding at the end the following:

“(C) DISAPPROVAL OF NURSE AIDE TRAINING AND COMPETENCY EVALUATION PROGRAMS AND NURSE AIDE COMPETENCY EVALUATION PROGRAMS.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—With respect to a State, the Secretary may, in consultation with such State, disapprove a nurse aide training and competency evaluation program or a nurse aide competency evaluation program offered by or in a nursing facility if such facility—

“(I) has been assessed a civil monetary penalty under section 1819(h)(2)(B)(ii) or subsection (h)(2)(A)(ii) of not less than $10,483 for providing substandard quality of care; and

“(II) has not, in the determination of the Secretary, corrected the deficiencies in quality of care for which such civil monetary penalty was assessed.

“(ii) RESCISSION OF DISAPPROVAL.—The Secretary shall rescind a disapproval under clause (i) upon demonstration by a facility that all deficiencies for which the civil monetary penalty described in clause (i)(I) was assessed have been remedied.”; and

(2) in subsection (h)(3)(C)(ii)(I), by striking “$10,000” and inserting “$20,628”.

(c) Regulations.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall promulgate regulations as necessary to implement the amendments made by this section.

(d) Applicability.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—

(A) TIMING OF DETERMINATIONS.—The amendments made by subsections (a)(1)(D) and (b)(1)(D) of this section shall apply only to a civil monetary penalty if the relevant covered determination was made on or after the date of enactment of this Act.

(B) COVERED DETERMINATION DEFINED.—The term “covered determination” means, with respect to a facility in a State, a determination by the State or the Secretary of Health and Human Services that the facility has provided a substandard quality of care for which a civil monetary penalty described in section 1819(f)(2)(C)(i)(I) or 1919(f)(2)(C)(i)(I) of the Social Security Act (as such sections have been amended by this Act) may be assessed.

(2) PREVIOUSLY PROHIBITED PROGRAMS.—

(A) WAIVER.—With respect to a facility subject, on the day before the date of enactment of this Act, to a prohibition under item (a) of either section 1819(f)(2)(B)(iii)(I) or section 1919(f)(2)(B)(iii)(I) of the Social Security Act (as in effect on the day before such date of enactment), such prohibition shall no longer apply to the facility on or after such date of enactment.

(B) SURVEY OR CIVIL MONETARY PENALTY.—With respect to a facility subject, on the day before the date of enactment of this Act, to a prohibition under item (b) or (c) of either section 1819(f)(2)(B)(iii)(I) or section 1919(f)(2)(B)(iii)(I) of the Social Security Act (as in effect on the day before such date of enactment), such prohibition shall no longer apply to the facility on or after such date of enactment upon a determination by the Secretary of Health and Human Services that the facility has corrected the issue that resulted in such prohibition.


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