Pa. Levels Playing Field For Health Provider Compliance

Law360, New York (March 24, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT) -- Late last month on its website, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which is responsible for regulating long-term care facilities, asserted that statements of deficiencies and plans of correction are not evidence of compliance with the legal standard of care or an admission of wrongdoing on the part of a facility in a private lawsuit. Even going a step further, the department clarified that it is not its intent for its inspection reports to be used in advertisements for legal services or as a basis for solicitations of any type. This announcement provides both clarity and some welcome relief for facilities that are fighting an uphill battle against an increasing number of nursing home malpractice claims....

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