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LTC bills heading to public hearing

At their regular meeting this week, the MHCA Board of Directors discussed three bills that are now working their way through legislative committee consideration.
 
LD 45, An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Maine's Background Check Center.  The Bill Summary reads as follows: 
“This bill grants the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to request state and national criminal history records, including fingerprint-based criminal history records (emphasis added), for direct access workers undergoing a background check under the Maine Background Check Center Act.”
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0046&item=1&snum=129
The MHCA Board took a position in opposition, due to the potential impediment to staff recruitment.
 
LD 363, An Act To Protect Residents of Assisted Living Facilities deals with defibrillation and cardio pulmonary resuscitation in LTC facilities.  The Bill Summary reads as follows:
“This bill requires nursing facilities and assisted living and residential care facilities (emphasis added) that provide services to a person who requires assistance with activities of daily living to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use an automated external defibrillator in the event of a suspected sudden cardiac arrest unless the person has made a health care decision that includes an order not to resuscitate. It requires those facilities to store the necessary equipment to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use an automated external defibrillator. It requires those facilities to provide training to their employees on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator. The bill also directs those facilities to establish a process for quickly determining in the event of a medical emergency whether an individual residing in the facility has made a health care decision that includes an order not to resuscitate.”
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0103&item=1&snum=129
 
The MHCA Board took a position in opposition, due to the impact of additional mandates on LTC facilities and concerns on the language of the bill as drafted. 
 
LD 606, Resolve, to Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Cost-Based Reimbursement to Maine Veterans Homes.  The Bill Summary reads as follows: 
“This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement in order to provide cost-based reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes nursing facilities.”
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0193&item=1&snum=129
The MHCA Board took no position and requested more information on the unique circumstances the bill is intended to address. 
 
Staff Contact:
Rick Erb
President and CEO
rerb@mehca.org