Lawmakers introduced proposals to help improve standards at Virginia nursing homes and facilities, and to address the health care worker shortage exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Del. Bobby Orrock Sr. (R-Caroline) introduced House Bill 1446, which would set minimum staffing requirements for certified nursing facilities. A nursing facility, which includes nursing homes, provides health-related services on a continuing basis, according to state code.
The measure passed the House on a nearly unanimous vote of 95-2 and was put in a finance committee after unanimously clearing a Senate health committee.
“At the end of the day, I do think it’s going to be a step forward in the quality of patient care,” Orrock said.
Del. Vivian Watts (D-Fairfax) introduced HB 1564, which would have established regulations for minimum staffing and care standards in nursing homes. The bill was never heard in committee and is dead for the session.
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