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Nursing home lawsuit bill to get 'do-over' in committee

Nursing home lawsuit bill to get 'do-over' in committee

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 1:00 AM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- A bill aimed at discouraging frivolous lawsuits against Kentucky nursing homes will get a "do-over" in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday.

By a 7-4 vote, SB9 was approved by the committee last week.  But after complaints that testimony from opponents was heard only after the vote, the bill is expected to be reconsidered by the committee.

Committee Chairwoman Sen. Julie Denton ( R-Louisville) explained that the vote was taken early to accommodate lawmakers who needed to attend other meetings.

Meanwhile, the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities has released a statewide television ad to explain the bill which would require litigation against nursing homes to be reviewed by a  panel of three doctors.

The panels would offer an opinion whether the standard of medical care had been violated. Though the opinion would be admissible in court, it would not prevent any lawsuit from proceeding.

Critics argue that the bill would undermine equal access to the judical system for nursing home patients and discourage the industry from making needed improvements.

 

 

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