1997 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Committee Approved)

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Study of Nursing Home Regulation

Item 321 #1h

Item 321 #1h

First Year - FY1997 Second Year - FY1998
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY1997 $0 FY1998 $40,000 GF

Page 221, line 41, strike "$47,743,959" and insert "$47,783,959".
Page 222, after line 20, insert:
"D.  Out of the appropriations for this Item, $40,000 the second year from the general fund shall be provided for the Department to contract for an independent evaluation of the inspection and regulatory process conducted by the Virginia Department of Health's Office of Health Facilities for ensuring quality care in nursing facilities.  The evaluation shall include an assessment of the extent to which federal regulatory requirements may negatively impact the ability of nursing facilities to provide quality care, as well as an assessment of the impact the inspection and regulatory process has on the quality of care provided by facilities.  The evaluation shall also include alternatives to providing patient care in the event a nursing facility loses Medicaid certification.  The results and recommendations from the evaluation shall be reported to the Chairmen of the following committees:  House Appropriations; House Health, Welfare and Institutions; Senate Finance; Senate Education and Health; and the Joint Commission on Health Care, by December 1, 1997."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)