Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) has introduced S. 3407, the Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes Act of 2010. The bill would provide that the Department Health and Human Services work with the Institute of Medicine in conducting a study on the current state of nursing home oversight.
Senator Feingold says that the Government Accountability Office has "identified significant issues in nursing home oversight and enforcement of the quality standards," which led to the senator introducing the legislation.
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Comment: Without coming across as cold and heartless, this bill will only add to the overall problem. Just once I would like to see a national elected official task the GAO to determine the role of the Federal Government in screwing something up.
Could it be that the problem with elderly care is the result of the federal bureaucracy, and could be better handled by the states and community associations? Considering the US Government's track record managing social, education, agricultural, transportation, just to name a few, programs, the answer is an emphatic YES!