The public comment period ended August 7, 2017; advocacy groups made a last-ditch effort to plead their case on behalf of patients.
More than 75 consumer advocacy groups spoke out to save an Obama-era rule allowing patients to sue nursing homes over neglect, sexual assault, or abuse.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in June it planned to discard the rule. The public comment period on the rule ends Monday, August 7.
The current allows prohibits nursing homes that receive Medicare and Medicaid dollars from requiring patients to sign agreements stating that any disputes be settled with a third party, instead of in court.
The CMS decision to review the rule came following a Mississippi district court, which blocked the rule after nursing homes filed suit.
Critics of the rule argue that it removes patient protections, creating an unequal balance of power in favor of nursing homes.
The Fair Arbitration Now Coalition, which includes AARP, has filed public comments against the rule change. If CMS erases the protections in its final rule, some advocacy groups are planning to take legal action.
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