5 Takeaways As Major Nursing Home Rule Finalized

By Jeff Overley (September 28, 2016, 9:54 PM EDT) -- Federal regulators on Wednesday finalized the first major overhaul of nursing home regulations in 25 years, banning mandatory arbitration in cases of patient harm, but also ditching controversial proposals on patient screening and rehabilitation.

The 700-page final rule, which stems from a proposed rule floated in July 2015, will take effect Nov. 28. It affects 15,000 nursing homes that serve almost 1.5 million Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Here are five takeaways from the rule, which generated intense interest.

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Scrapped

One of the final rule's most notable provisions will prohibit nursing homes from forcing patients, as a condition of...

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