Department of Health Updated Regulations to Improve Care for Nursing Facility Residents, Clears a Major Hurdle | New

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HARRISBURG — Regulations that govern resident care at skilled nursing facilities are about to be updated for the first time in nearly 25 years following a meeting Friday in Harrisburg, where the secretary at Acting Health and Pennsylvania Surgeon General Dr. Denise Johnson explained the benefits of the regulations to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC), which unanimously approved the regulations, and parties stakeholders.

“Today’s unanimous approval by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission is an incredible step in a years-long process to develop regulations to improve the care residents receive in skilled nursing facilities across state,” Dr. Johnson said. “These regulations incorporate valuable input from interested stakeholders, including industry groups, resident advocates and the public. Carefully crafted regulations benefit residents, staff and facility operators.

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