A new Commonwealth Fund-supported report
published by the Long Term Community Coalition offers strategies on how consumers can be involved in the way nursing home penalties are used in their states to improve nursing home resident care and quality of life.
Federal Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) and state CMPs or fines are imposed by regulatory agencies if a nursing home does not comply with regulatory standards. Because the federal CMPs are required by law to be used to fund projects or activities that benefit residents, they are a valuable source of funding for improving the lives of residents. The participation of consumers and their advocates in the process of developing the criteria for funding is crucial.
Funded by The Retirement Research Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, the report, Increasing Transparency & Consumer Participation In States’ Uses Of Nursing Home Civil Monetary Penalty Funds
, details how the Long Term Community Coalition worked with consumers and long-term care ombudsmen in four states (Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California) to help them increase transparency and consumer involvement in the awarding of CMP funds in their states.
To download the report, visit: http://www.nursinghome411.org/?articleid=10032