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Implementation of Affordable Care Act Provisions to Improve Nursing Home Transparency, Care Quality, and Abuse Prevention

Brief
January 1, 2013

This issue paper describes the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act, which was passed into law as part of the 2010 health care reform legislative package. Under the terms of the act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be required to collect and report data on the direct care workforce, including hours worked, and turnover and retention rates. Nursing homes must also file reports on direct care expenditures.

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Key Takeaways

The ACA incorporates the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act of 2009.
Under the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act, CMS will be required to report data on the workforce.
The ACA requires nursing assistants be trained in dementia care and abuse prevention.
 
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