The Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Improvement Act, introduced in the House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, would authorize the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide grants to states for the purpose of improving the quality of care furnished in nursing homes operating in the state.
The bill would provide financial assistance for recruiting, retaining, or training nursing staff. State technical assistance programs may qualify for funding under these grant programs, since the legislation would permit funds to be used for bonuses to nursing homes that meet state quality standards; and for any other nursing home staffing and quality improvement initiative approved by HHS. Under the bill, Title XI of the Social Security Act would be amended to establish a Nursing Facility Civil Money Penalties Collection Account that would be used for awarding grants under the Act.
This bill was introduced in January 2001. In February 2001, it was referred to the House Subcommittee on Health, and there has been no further action on it since then.