2022 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Floor Approved)

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Nursing Home Quality Improvement Program (language only)

Item 304 #15s

Item 304 #15s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 340, after line 10, insert:

"PPPP. The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall develop and seek approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement a quality improvement program addressing nursing home staff capacity building with funding from the Civil Monetary Penalties Reinvestment Fund. The program design shall be based on the results of the Virginia Gold Quality Improvement Program pilot project and shall include elements such as peer mentoring, job-related and interpersonal skills training, and work-related benefits. The department shall provide an update on the quality improvement program to the Joint Commission on Health Care and the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees by no later than December 1, 2022."


(This amendment adds language to require the Department of Medical Assistance Services to seek federal approval and implement to design a quality improvement program for nursing home staff capacity building. Funding for the program will come from civil monetary penalties received from nursing homes that can be used to reinvest in nursing facility improvement projects. This is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.)