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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1251         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 543

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jonathan Hecht

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act creating a special commission on institutional long term care.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Jason Lewis

 

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1251        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 543

By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 543) of Jonathan Hecht and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to institutional long term care in the Commonwealth.  Elder Affairs. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act creating a special commission on institutional long term care.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding any general or special laws to the contrary, there shall be established a Special Commission on Institutional Long Term Care.  This Commission shall evaluate options and prepare policy recommendations necessary to address excess skilled nursing home bed inventory, to reform the skilled nursing home licensing and de-licensing processes, and to establish more rational processes for the closure of skilled nursing homes.  Such recommendations shall include policy options concerning the following:

              a)              Potential savings to the Commonwealth and improvements to care delivery that could be realized by reducing the number of skilled nursing facility beds;

              b)              Criteria to be used to determine which beds should be de-licensed, including but not limited to quality care standards and measures of regional geographic need;

              c)              Potential incentives for skilled nursing home operators that would help to reduce the number of skilled nursing facility beds and/or would facilitate conversion of under-utilized beds to other uses;

              d)              Improvements to the MassHealth reimbursement system for skilled nursing facilities; and

              e)              Any other recommendations as needed to more effectively utilize institutional long term care facilities in the Commonwealth.

              SECTION 2.  The Commission shall consist of 15 members, 1 of whom shall be the secretary of health and human services or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the secretary of elder affairs or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the director of the office of Medicaid or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the Attorney General or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the State Auditor or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the house chair of the joint committee on elder affairs or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the senate chair of the joint committee on elder affairs or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the senate chair of the joint committee on health care financing or a designee, 1 of whom shall be the house chair of the joint committee on health care financing or a designee, 1 of whom shall be a member of the PCA quality home care workforce council, and 5 persons to be appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Department of Public Health, 1 of whom shall be a representative of 1199SEIU, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, 1 of whom shall be a representative of AARP, and 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association.

              SECTION 3.  The Commission shall meet within 60 days of passage of this Act, and not less than quarterly thereafter, and shall release final recommendations to the Senate President, the Speaker of the House, the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs and the Health Planning Council no later than one year from passage of this Act.

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