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Recent Government Actions May Impact the Healthcare Industry and Affect Nursing Home Residents

The Trump Administration has recently adopted new limits on the use of guidance documents for federal agencies. Guidance documents are the government’s interpretation of rules and laws that apply to agencies and related businesses.

Federal agencies have issued hundreds of guidance documents on a host of laws which cover issues like healthcare, civil rights, and labor.

These changes will most likely have a significant impact on the agencies which oversee healthcare industries, like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Department and Health & Human Services, because these agencies rely heavily on these documents to operate.

For instance, the Department of Health & Human Services has issued guidance documents for hospitals, nursing homes, and drug companies for a variety of different procedures. The documents are used as guidebooks for how businesses and agencies should operate, and in turn, have been used by the Justice Department and lawyers to enforce proper functioning and punish violations.

The changes could potentially weaken the operation of these agencies and businesses and in turn, negatively affect their proper functioning for the public. This is not good news for health and welfare beneficiaries such as Medicare and Medicaid recipients and nursing home residents.

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About this Author

Sharri Warfel, Shareholder

Sherri L. Warfel is a Shareholder and trial attorney in Stark & Stark’s Nursing Home Litigation Group. Ms. Warfel concentrates her practice in representing victims of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and other medical facilities. She handles cases involving claims of pressure ulcers, fractures or injuries from preventable falls, infection, abuse, and death. Ms. Warfel also maintains a personal injury practice for clients injured in accidents. She is a seasoned trial attorney and litigator who has settled and tried hundreds of cases in her years of practice.

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