Bill to squelch nursing home info sails through House | Arkansas Blog

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bill to squelch nursing home info sails through House

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click to enlarge Hester: His bill restricts advertising of nursing home deficiencies. - BLUE HOG
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Republican caveman Sen. Bart Hester's bill to prevent advertisements of results of nursing home inspections zipped through the House today 79-2 (Greg Leding and David Whitaker the nays, 19 representatives didn't vote). Blue Hog Report has been on Hester's case about this attempt to keep what are public records from being widely known.

Hester's bill would allow the advertising only if these were included:

(1) The date the survey, inspection, or investigation was conducted;

(2) A statement that a facility is required to submit a plan of correction in response to a statement of deficiencies, if applicable;

(3) If a finding or deficiency cited in the statement of deficiencies has been corrected, a statement that the finding or deficiency has been corrected and the date that the finding or deficiency was corrected1; and

(4) A statement that the advertisement is not authorized or endorsed by the Office of Long-Term Care of the Division of Medical Services of the Department of Human Services, or any other government agency.

Here's some icing on the cake: If you were to run an advertisement about the deficiencies found at a nursing home, the type would have to: 

(1) Be in the same font and size as the other language on or in  the advertisement; and
(2) Appear as prominent as other language used in the  advertisement.


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