400 Nursing Homes Have Closed Since Landmark 1987 Oversight Law

 According to a recent article by Skilled Nursing News online, since the landmark passage of a sweeping oversight bill in the late 1980s, hundreds of nursing homes in the United Staes have been forced to close. Of those facilities that remain, many have increasingly taken on more difficult medical cases, according to new research report out of Brown University.
The analysis, focused on the effects of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA ’87) through 2015, was published this week in JAMDA, the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
 

The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, which was part of the larger OBRA legislation — was a watershed event in the federal regulation of the nation’s nursing homes, introducing a wide range of new requirements related to safety, care quality, and residents’ overall rights.

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