Nursing Home Disclosure Bill: Transparency Or Intrusion?
The state’s nursing homes call it excessive and intrusive. The Malloy administration calls it a move towards transparency.
At issue is a proposed bill that would require nursing homes to disclose the financial status of any “related party” businesses that contract with the homes – such as associated companies that own the facility properties, or spinoff businesses that provide rehabilitation or management services. The bill would require that the nursing homes report profits and losses for any side businesses that receive more than $10,000 a year from them.
The Malloy administration – backed by the union representing nursing home workers, New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 – has pushed the bill through legislative committees, touting it as a way to increase transparency in an industry marked by bankruptcies, takeovers and several high-profile scandals in recent years. Chief among the arguments is that the added reporting will help the state to identify nursing homes in true financial distress, versus those that claim money woes, but actually have profitable affiliated businesses.